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Obesity fuelling liver disease

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posted on Jan, 3 2008 @ 01:38 PM
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Obesity fuelling liver disease


news.bbc.co.uk

Obesity has now overtaken alcohol as the number one cause of liver disease.

In some cases the damage is so severe it means patients require a liver transplant.

Doctors say the rise in obesity means the problem will get even worse in years to come.

The warning comes from liver experts at King's College Hospital in south London, one of the UK's leading liver transplant centres.

Dr Varuna Aluvihare, a consultant hepatologist at King's, said says fat induced liver disease has overtaken alcohol
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posted on Jan, 3 2008 @ 01:38 PM
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Considering the amount that Brits drink, this is a worrying article.

Alcohol abuse has long been the main reason for liver disease, but is now being overtaken by obesity.

A recent TV show claimed that over 2 million Americans now weigh more than 40 stone - that's over 560 pounds!

There's been so much in the news over the last year or so about obesity here in the UK, and I wrote a thread (linked above) about this a while ago.

We have articles where doctors say it's genetic, or it's due to modern lifestyle etc, but how much of it is really?

Yes there are many people who struggle with their weight for different reasons which have nothing to do with lifestyle, but I would hazard a guess that it's a love of fast food which must take a large proportion of the blame.

Included are some additional links - the first shows an obesity map of the world
Second is about the love of fast food in both countries (UK & US)
Third is about obesity trends in the US.

Although BMI is not really a reliable guide to obesity, it does have use as an indicator.

More worrying perhaps, is the increase in child obesity - with some experts warning that the current young generation will die before their parents unless habits change.

We may not need all the end of the world stories and theories soon - we may just end up eating ourselves into extinction.

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[edit on 3/1/2008 by budski]



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