Keeping a healthy weight

Weight has important links with liver disease. Managing your weight is a key way you can help yourself stay healthy. Having a healthy weight means it isn't too high or too low for you.

Some liver diseases are linked to build up of fat in the liver. This leads to a condition called non-alcohol related fatty liver disease (NAFLD). If fatty deposits build up over a long time they can damage the liver and stop it working properly. People are more likely to develop NAFLD if they have an unhealthy diet or they live with overweight or obesity.

Obesity can also speed the damage associated with other conditions such as alcohol-related liver disease and can decrease the effectiveness of treatments for hepatitis C .

People with liver disease can also be at risk of being underweight. This is more common among people who have been diagnosed with cirrhosis or who are experiencing eating difficulties such as loss of appetite or feeling sick (nausea). You might need to change what and how you eat to make sure you get the nourishment your body needs. Speak to your doctor or dietitian for advice on how to increase your calories and protein intake. You can also read our advice on cirrhosis and coping with eating difficulties.

For information and tips to help you keep your weight healthy download our Treating NAFLD with a healthy diet and physical activity booklet.