For human liver, obesity was worse than the alcohol, said SK Sarin, director of Institute of Liver and Biliary Disease, New Delhi, in his lecture at Children Science Congress at Panjab University on Wednesday.
Sarin said weight reduction was the key to improve liver functions, better heart, avoid diabetes and keep blood pressure under control. He added that obesity lead to fatty liver and many other diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and heart diseases.
"Prevalence of obesity and fatty liver in United States of America is among 33% people. In India, 30% adults and 25% children are overweight, 25% people have fatty liver and 5% have fatty liver disease," Sarin said in his address.
"Treatment of fatty liver helps prevent diabetes and heart disease as liver fat preceded diabetes and heart disease. In this way, fatty liver was an alarm for the specialists," he added.
He also referred to the rapid increase in the number of liver cancer patients in India, which he said had increased more than four times in past four years. In the evening session, director of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, Yogesh K Chawla also delivered a lecture on 'non-alcoholic fatty liver disease'.