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Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: America’s Greatest Health Risk of 2015?

February 10, 2015
by Hyder Z. Jamal
Scientific American

As a hepatologist, it’s difficult not to see non-alcoholic fatty liver disease as one of the most pressing healthcare issues in the country. Today, about one third of Americans are obese, with rates expected to top 60 percent in thirteen U.S. states by 2030, according to a recent report issued jointly by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. A genetic predisposition to obesity or diabetes, lack of exercise and poor diet—all of which remain major health issues in the U.S.—are all contributing factors to NAFLD. Rates of the disease are expected to continue to rise and will pose a major health risk to many Americans in coming years.

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