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Livers of Obese Kids, Adults Poisoned by Fat

Obesity is the number one cause of chronic liver disease in the United States. Researchers have discovered the mechanism that causes liver damage in many obese children and adults. Excess fatty acids cause a protein reaction that kills liver cells, causing scarring and liver damage. Known as Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD), the condition was first identified in 1980 and affects up to a quarter of the population in western countries. Early signs of NAFLD include the...

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