About the Book, Junior Has Fatty Liver?
Junior Has Fatty Liver? This is the story of Henry who in a previous book told the story about how his father had liver disease and needed a liver transplant. In this book, he tells the story of his school friend Junior who has a weight problem and he develops fatty liver and diabetes. Henry and his friends convince Junior to develop a healthy lifestyle and the results are very regarding all. The book is intended to educate parents, teachers and children on the rising epidemic of fatty liver in the world that often starts in childhood and has profound consequences on their health, quality of life, and even longevity. Includes activity ideal for educators to reinforce the material.
About the Author
Dr Rita Lepe is a liver specialist in Texas who has more than a decade of experience in liver diseases and transplants. She is interested in preventing liver disease, especially among children and high-risk populations. Gabriel Trosman is her youngest son who wants to be a doctor when he grows up and is interested in influencing others to develop healthy habits
Qn 1: Can you tell us more about your book, Junior Has Fatty Liver? What is it about?
This book is about Henry and his friends from school, one of which has poor eating habits named Junior. Due to his poor diet, he gets medical problems including fatty liver but Henry and his friends help him develop better eating habits.
Qn 2: Who do you think would be interested in this book, Junior Has Fatty Liver? is it directed at any particular market?
This book is intended to educate children and their parents about the consequences of poor nutrition including fatty liver disease. Nutritionists, paediatricians, endocrinologists, teachers, and non-profit organizations interested in children’s nutrition and obesity will be interested.
Qn 3: Where can our readers find out more about you, do you have a website, or a way to be contacted?
My website is www.ritalepemd.com
Qn 4: Why was writing your book, Junior Has Fatty Liver? important to you?
I am interested in creating awareness among the general public about this condition because once children develop fatty liver early on it goes undetected then as they grow up to adults it progressively gets worse. Eventually, this leads to cirrhosis or even liver cancer so it is very important to create awareness.
Qn 5: What guidance would you offer someone who was concerned about liver disease?
Would say start eating healthy, avoid fast food, and soft drinks, stay at your normal weight exercise and visit your doctor regularly.
Qn 6: how can parents protect their children from suffering from liver diseases and live healthier lives?
Children nowadays are eating a lot more sugar in their diet, they eat more junk, food exercise less, they are playing videos all the time. Parents especially Latinos are at a higher risk and due to cultural beliefs that a chubby kid is a healthy kid we need to change that mindset and emphasize the importance of keeping a healthy weight to avoid fatty liver and other conditions.
Qn 7: What reassurances can you over to those who have or have family or friend experience of having liver concerns?
The good news is that this is reversible if detected early. Since there is no medication to treat fatty liver prevention is very important. We go back to the saying “you are what you eat” it’s so true.
Qn 8: If you could give one final piece of advice to those concerned about liver disease what would it be?
Dying from liver disease is no fun it is a long, difficult disease to deal with for patients and families. You want to remember that you only have one liver, there is no machine that can replace what it does. Some people know that the liver can regenerate that is repair itself but it does not mean it will allow you to abuse it forever without a consequence. It will eventually tire out and fail. Like the saying: “You do not know what you have until you lose it”. The liver is super important! Take care of it.