Child obesity leading to diseased gallbladders

Catherine Musemeche, a pediatric surgeon, writes in the New York Times “Motherlode” blog, “I find myself congratulating the parents of normal-weight children – kids we now call thin.”

She remarks on the number of obese children she sees, “This is my new normal, and it’s not okay, not by any standard. It’s madness and we are not doing enough, as individuals or as a culture, to stop it.”

She points out that one result of child obesity is that gallbladder disease is increasingly common among children, which she says was unheard of 20 years ago.

“A recent study published in the journal Pediatrics confirms what every pediatric surgeon in the United States already knows: obesity is now the leading cause of diseased gallbladders in children by a wide margin.”

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