Body Fat, the Silent Killer

Obesity Can Lead to Fatty Liver...a Silent Killer

Medical Author: Dennis Lee, MD
Medical Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD

Obesity is a major health problem worldwide. In the United States, roughly 300,000 deaths per year are related to obesity. Obesity also increases the risk of developing several chronic diseases such as type II diabetes, insulin resistance, coronary heart disease (responsible for heart attacks), cerebrovascular disease (responsible for strokes), high blood pressure, gout, gallstones, colon cancer, sleep apnea, and a form of liver disease called nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).