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Chandigarh/ Paediatric Global Fatty Liver Day celebrated at PGIMER

Chandigarh : The Division of Paediatric Gastroenterology & Hepatology at PGIMER, organized a public awareness on 25th June to celebrate Global Fatty Liver Day(June 13th). Dr Sadhana Lal, Head, Paediatric Gastroenterology & Hepatology and Dr Ajay Duseja, Prof & Head, Hepatology, PGIMER were present on the occasion. The event aimed to educate parents and children about the dangers of fatty liver and obesity in children and adolescents. Over 200 individuals from the public attended the event.

Dr. Jyoti Kumari, a DM fellow in Paediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology, delivered a presentation to raise awareness about the issue. Fatty liver, which is caused by overweight and obesity, is a warning sign for cardiovascular diseases and a shorter lifespan in adulthood. Therefore, it is crucial for children and their parents to understand the risks associated with waistline obesity, sedentary lifestyles, and consuming non-nutritive calories from sugary and fried foods and drinks.

The presentation emphasized that two out of three obese children have fatty liver and highlighted the importance of improving lifestyle habits to combat the condition. Dr. Jyoti explained that medication is not always necessary, as lifestyle changes can effectively address fatty liver during childhood.

At the end of the event, the attending children, including adolescents and preadolescents, pledged to avoid junk food, limit screen time, and engage in more outdoor activities. The event was well-received by the audience, and the Division of Paediatric Gastroenterology & Hepatology was praised for their efforts in raising awareness about fatty liver and its prevention.