Today, more young people than ever are suffering from a chronic illness -- the cause of which has everything to do with eating a toxic diet -- that used to occur primarily only among older adults with diabetes. Figures recently compiled as part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey reveal that roughly 10 percent of American teens are now afflicted with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a potentially deadly condition marked by chronic liver inflammation.
For their study, fatty liver disease expert Dr. Miriam Vos of Emory University's School of Medicine and her colleagues reviewed data on more than 10,000 young people between the ages of 12 and 18 that spanned from 1998 to 2008. What they found is that that rates of NAFLD among this age group nearly tripled during the 10-year period, outpacing even the simultaneous rapid rise in obesity rates.
In fact, Dr. Vos made the stunning statement regarding her team's findings that NAFLD "seems to be increasing faster than the prevalence of obesity," which somewhat contradicts the widely-held theory that the two conditions automatically go hand in hand.
To the contrary, there appears to be some other factor contributing to the more rapid rise in NAFLD cases that may not necessarily be a direct cause of obesity, but rather a corresponding symptom.
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