, Volume 27, Issue 3, pp 265-268

Fasting in obesity

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The authors report the case of a 23-year-old obese nonalcoholic woman who developed severe liver damage resembling alcoholic hepatitis and cirrhosis after multiple attempts at weight reduction. It is suggested that repeated episodes of starvation and malnutrition can induce the development of alcoholic-like liver injury in some overweight patients. This report could serve as a warning against unbalanced and uncontrolled self-treatment of obesity.