A study published in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition revealed that overweight and obese children are at significantly increased risk for gallstones.
"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," Corinna Koebnick says.
The study that collected data from 510,000 children ages 10-19 found that those who were overweight were twice as likely to have gallstones as those with normal weight. Extremely obese kids had six times the risk of developing gallstones.