Since fatty liver disease is linked with the amount of fat in the liver, it is “usually” seen in people who are overweight or obese.
Others who are most at risk of fatty liver disease include those who:
- Have type 2 diabetes
- Have a condition that affects how your body uses insulin
- Are insulin resistance, such as polycystic ovary syndrome
- Have an underactive thyroid
- Have high blood pressure
- Have high cholesterol
- Have metabolic syndrome (a combination of diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity)
- Are over the age of 50
But the disease “has been diagnosed in people without any of these risk factors, including young children”, the NHS adds.