Obesity, triglycerides, fatty liver and the psychological effect of weight gain

Australia is in the grip of a rising obesity epidemic. Recent studies estimate that more than half of all Australian women (52%) and two-thirds of men (67%) are overweight or obese. That is, almost 60% of the adult population in Australia is overweight or obese.1 Obesity is a health crisis that is costing the Australian government up to $1.5 billion a year in direct health costs.1 A quarter of a million Australians have metabolic dysfunctions as a result of being obese.2

A healthy liver contains little or no fat. Whilst alcohol abuse is a well-known culprit for causing liver damage, insulin resistance and obesity also cause triglyceride accumulation in the liver,3 leading to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).4 The good news is that low carbohydrate diets are shown help obese patients with NAFLD. A study has found that after six months of following a low carbohydrate diet, obese patients experience significant weight loss and follow-up liver biopsies revealed histologic improvements in steatosis (fat infiltration), inflammation and fibrosis.5

Cognitive and behavioral therapies improve weight management. A review of psychological therapies in obese patients finds that cognitive and behavioral therapies significantly increased weight loss when combined with diet and exercise over six months, by an average of up to 5 kg per patient – compared to diet and exercise alone.6 This data highlights how many obese patients may benefit from professional support around ‘emotional’ eating and the importance of ongoing, regular motivation and support to establish healthy diet and lifestyle habits during and after weight loss.

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The Australia and New Zealand Obesity Society. Fast Facts – Statistics. 2009. [webpage] http://www.asso.org.au/home/obesityinfo/stats/fastfacts (date accessed: 15 Sep 2009).

Hession M, Rolland C, Kulkarni U, Wise A, Broom J. Systematic review of randomized controlled trials of low-carbohydrate vs. low-fat/low calorie diets in the management of obesity and its comorbidities. Obes Rev. 2009 Jan;10(1):36-50).

Samuel VT, et al. The Mechanisms of Hepatic Insulin Resistance in Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 2004: 279; 32345-53

Sourced from: http://hcd2.bupa.co.uk/fact_sheets/html/fatty_liver_disease.html (date accessed: 27 April 2010)