Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common liver disease in children. It is a chronic, obesity-associated liver disease that is linked to insulin resistance. It can be mild (just fat in the liver) or more severe with inflammation and fibrosis, called nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).
NAFLD typically begins around the ages of 8 or 9, but has been seen in children as young as age 5. It is slightly more common in boys than girls and occurs more frequently in children who have Hispanic, Asian or Caucasian heritage.
Miram Vos, M.D., a pediatric hepatologist and national expert in the field of NAFLD, conducts the NAFLD clinic at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Along with her team—Dr. Vos is working on ways to stop or stem the rate of fatty liver disease in children. In addition to pediatric fatty liver disease, Dr. Vos also specializes in obesity prevention and complications of obesity in children. She works with children and their families to implement healthy habits into their lifestyle through our Strong4Life Clinic.
Call 404-785-1832 to learn more and/or to refer a patient to Children's NAFLD clinic.