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New childhood threat: non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

New childhood threat: non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

Source: KING 5 News

Kimberly Rhodes just wants to be a typical kid, but her health prevents her from being one. "I can't go to real school. I can't play sports. I'm not a normal 13-year-old," she said. When Kimberly was four, she found out she had non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a disease usually associated with adults. Four years later, she was diagnosed with cirrhosis. The news took Kimberly's mom, Stacey Rhodes, by complete surprise. "It was kind of a shock to hear a child can get something like that," said Stacey. In NAFLD, the liver becomes swollen with fat. The condition is on the rise in kids. Why? Seattle Children's Dr. Karen Murray says obesity is the main reason.

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