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Snacking associated to Fatty Liver & Abdominal Obesity!

Less time and more of work! People living in metro cities are always running; either to reach office on time, to fulfil family needs or become financially strong. Life has become so busy and hectic that it has become difficult to devote some time for self. Are you really keeping yourself fit? What measures are you taking to prevent yourself from various health issues and more importantly, Are you eating right?
Snacking on high fat and high sugar foods, which has become an easy option for many as a hunger buster is directly linked to abdominal fat and fatty liver disease.
The study shows that a hypercalorie diet with frequent meal increases intrahepatic triglyceride content and fat around the waist. And obesity is linked to linked to the accumulation of abdominal fat and fat in the liver, making non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) one of the most prevalent diseases of the liver.
Indian children consume over 27 percent of calories from high fat and high sugar snacks. A study examines that high meal frequency with snacking compared to large meal consumptions leads to intrahepatic and abdominal fat.
To prove the conclusion, an experiment was done among 30 lean men. They were randomised to a hypercaloric diet for six week. Researchers measured their IHTG (Intrahepatic Tryglceride) and abdominal fat using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and insulin sensitivity, before and after diet.
Those people that were subjected to hypercaloric diet ate three meals in a day along with additional calories from high fat and high sugar drinks, with or between the meal in order to increase the meal size and frequency.
Results clearly showed that high calorie diet increased BMI!
In fact, increasing more frequent meals increased IHTG, while large size meals did not.
Researchers found that belly fat increased in the high fat/high sugar frequency group and in the high sugar-frequency group. A decrease in liver insulin sensitivity was found in the high fat/high sugar-frequency group.
Obesity is a global health concern with WHO reporting more than 200 million men and close to 300 million obese in 2008.
All these findings clearly suggest that by cutting down on snacking and encouraging three balanced meals each day over the long term may reduce the prevalence of NAFLD
All these finding were recently published in Hepatology, a journal of the Americal Association for the study of Liver Diseases.

Posted 25 Nov, 2015