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Study: Overweight Children at Higher Risk for Gallstones

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A new study indicates that overweight children are more prone to gallstones, Health Day reports.

After analyzing the health records of over 510,000 children in California, researchers found that overweight children were twice as likely to have gallstones than children with normal weight. According to the study, the risk for moderately obese children was four times higher and the risk for extremely obese children was six times higher, Health Day says.

The study found that the link between gallstones and obesity was stronger in girls than in boys, and also found that Hispanic children were more prone to gallstones than children from other ethnic and racial groups, according to Health Day.

The study was published in the Aug. 24 edition of the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition.

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