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Fatty Liver Disease Caused by Obesity

Sunday, June 15, 2014

I saw this article in the New York Times yesterday. Usually fatty liver disease is found in alcoholics. Now it seems it is a burgeoning problem caused by overeating.

Everyone is horrified by the practice of fattening goose livers for foie gras (which means, after all, "fatty liver" in French) by forcefeeding. It's a process called "gavage", ordinarily used to deliver food directly to the stomach of patients with throat obstructions. Gavage is only done with the consent of the patient, except for infants. And except for geese.

Now people are apparently forcefeeding themselves willingly and by their own hands. There is no cure, no pharmaceutical aid, nothing but a liver transplant will help. Right now a practicing alcoholic can't qualify for a liver transplant because he'll just do the new liver what he did to his old one, but what will they do about an obese patient needing a liver? Will the same rule prevail? There aren't enough livers available for transplant as it is. As the problem grows, what will happen?

Obesity causes more than strokes and heart attacks, it seems.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LAURAKATE76 7/26/2014 7:18PM

    My Dad died while waiting for a new liver. He was a healthy marathon runner who had Hep C. If there aren't enough to go around now, then how do people expect the miracle of a transplant in the future as more and more people become obese. We need to take charge of our lives now. Easier said than done, I know, but I wonder if more people understood the horrors of liver failure if it would make a difference!

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IMAVISION 6/20/2014 11:31AM

    That is certainly something that most folks do not know to consider.

emoticon for taking the time to post this information!

God often guides us through the words of loving friends. Thank you to all who have helped guide me on this wonderful lifestyle change journey here in “Sparkville”!

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BRADMILL2922 6/19/2014 2:04AM

    Thank you for sharing the article! A lot of good info!

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SHARON10002 6/17/2014 11:29PM

    Agree with Gaby1948's comment. They are the culprits. They are intentionally engineering our food to make it more difficult to stop eating it. Did a couple of blogs on this and it was very eye-opening.

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QUERIDAANA 6/17/2014 8:57PM

    Great article. Thanks for sharing!

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ZEEDRA 6/17/2014 6:00PM

    This kind of challenging news has cropped up before.

I feel bad for children who are overweight and for the university student in the article, just to start with...

It's easier to never take up bad habits than to try to change them.

sic semper erat, et sic semper erit:
Thus has it always been, and thus shall it ever be

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LESLIESENIOR 6/17/2014 12:21AM

    Wow! Very powerful question........who will qualify for the transplant when precedent has been set for active alcoholics? The waters get very murky.
Thanks for the reference.

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SUZYMOBILE 6/16/2014 11:17AM

    Well said!

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    Thanks, Nell. I take great hope from the references in the article that the disease can/will reverse with lifestyle changes.

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DEE107 6/16/2014 12:30AM

    thank you

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NASFKAB 6/15/2014 11:47PM

  its up to us to ay heathy

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 6/15/2014 11:07PM

    So sad and no help. Healthy is everything

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EVER-HOPEFUL 6/15/2014 6:10PM


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WATERMELLEN 6/15/2014 4:50PM

    Powerful blog -- we gotta get those funnels out of our beaks, clearly!!

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CETANISTAWI 6/15/2014 4:34PM


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KAYYVAUGHN 6/15/2014 2:50PM

    Thanks Nell. That is very interesting and something to ponder on now.

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GABY1948 6/15/2014 2:45PM

    emoticon I saw that article myself and thought the same thing....the powers that be in the food industry and government agencies that "control" what goes into people's mouths don't care about it! I'm glad I am the age I am! emoticon

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WORKNPROGRESS49 6/15/2014 2:16PM

    emoticon for info

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