Obese or overweight teenagers are at a greater risk of developing gallstones compared to teenagers who are of healthy weight, a new study published in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition reveals.
The study was conducted by researchers at Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department of Research who analyzed more than 510,000 teenagers aged between 10 to 19 years and found that obese children were four times more likely and overweight children two times more likely to develop gallstones compared to healthy weight teenagers.
The risk was greater, up to six times more likely among those classified as extremely obese.
Stating that the rates of gallstone cases were rising among children, lead researcher Corinna Koebnick said, "Although gallstones are relatively common in obese adults, gallstones in children and adolescents have been historically rare. These findings add to an alarming trend - youth who are obese or extremely obese are more likely to have diseases we normally think of as adult conditions."