Obesity increases gallstone risk in children

WebMD reported, “More and more children are being treated for gallstones, and the obesity epidemic may play a role,” according to a study published in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition.

HealthDay reported, “Researchers analyzed the health records of more than 510,000 children in California, aged 10 to 19, and found that those who were overweight were twice as likely to have gallstones as those with normal weight.” The investigators found that “the risk was four times higher in moderately obese children and six times higher in extremely obese children.” The researchers also reported that “the link between obesity and gallstones was stronger in girls than in boys.”

MedPage Today reported, “The racial differences seen in this study, with Hispanics having a 55% greater risk for gallstones than non-Hispanics, also have been seen in adults, although the highest rates among adult women is for Native Americans, then Hispanics.”

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