Gallstones: An unexpected side effect of childhood obesity

Gallstones: An unexpected side effect of childhood obesity

Let’s talk about gallstones. When we think of childhood obesity, diabetes and heart disease tend to come to mind. But according to a new study, this lesser-known side effect of childhood obesity is on the rise.

Researchers in London, Ontario discovered that compared to 20 years ago, 62 per cent more patients under age 18 are getting gallstones.

Childhood obesity and gallstones

Because our gallbladder helps us digest fatty foods, living without one means our bodies can’t handle anything greasy. That means no hamburgers, poutine or chicken wings.

The best way to keep your gallbladder healthy and avoid gallstones is to minimize your intake of these foods to begin with and to keep your weight within a healthy range for your height. Your gallbladder will thank you.