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Overweight and obesity are defined by the WHO as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to an individuals health.

Overweight and obesity are major risk factors for a number of chronic diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer and while it was once an issue only in high income countries, overweight and obesity has now dramatically risen in low- and middle-income countries.Such countries are now facing a "double burden" of disease, for while they continue to deal with the problems of infectious disease and under-nutrition, they are also experiencing a rapid upsurge in chronic disease risk factors such as obesity and overweight, particularly in urban settings.
Viewpoints: Election victory could bring difficult decisions for GOP; Burwell 'presses reset'

Viewpoints: Election victory could bring difficult decisions for GOP; Burwell 'presses reset'

But if the GOP controls both the Senate and the House, its members will be under pressure to govern. At least in the Senate, where 60 votes are needed to move major legislation, they'll even have an incentive to compromise .… But that won't be easy. [More]
Magnetic resonance: A good method for detecting and quantifying fats in the liver

Magnetic resonance: A good method for detecting and quantifying fats in the liver

Obesity and overweight affect more than half of the population in our Community. Excess weight causes important alterations in the organism, one of which affects liver function. Fat accumulates in the liver producing hepatic steatosis which, in certain circumstances, causes inflammation, fibrosis and finally, cirrhosis. [More]
Researchers show link between childhood asthma and prenatal exposure to phthalates

Researchers show link between childhood asthma and prenatal exposure to phthalates

Researchers at the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health at the Mailman School of Public Health are the first to demonstrate an association between childhood asthma and prenatal exposure to two phthalates used in a diverse array of household products. Results appear online in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. [More]
Fat mass contributes to musculoskeletal pain risk

Fat mass contributes to musculoskeletal pain risk

People with high fat mass could be at an increased risk of musculoskeletal pain, say researchers. [More]
Prevalence of abdominal obesity, waist circumference continues to increase among U.S. adults

Prevalence of abdominal obesity, waist circumference continues to increase among U.S. adults

The prevalence of abdominal obesity and average waist circumference increased among U.S. adults from 1999 to 2012, according to a study in the September 17 issue of JAMA. [More]
Study provides empirical evidence of decline in stroke incidence, mortality rates in U.S.

Study provides empirical evidence of decline in stroke incidence, mortality rates in U.S.

Despite the significant reduction in the overall incidence and death rates from strokes in the United States over the past twenty years, more attention needs to be paid to specific age groups, a recent study found. [More]
Young girls in poor households more likely than their male counterparts to become obese in midlife

Young girls in poor households more likely than their male counterparts to become obese in midlife

Adolescent girls living in economically disadvantaged families are more likely than their male counterparts to become overweight or obese, according to new research from The University of Texas at Austin. [More]
Dairy products contribute to overall metabolic health

Dairy products contribute to overall metabolic health

Dairy is considered part of a healthy diet and dietary guidelines recommend the daily consumption of 2-4 portions of milk-based products such as milk, yogurt, cheese, cream and butter. [More]
Brain stimulation increases cravings for high-calorie foods, shows study

Brain stimulation increases cravings for high-calorie foods, shows study

Magnetic stimulation of a brain area involved in "executive function" affects cravings for and consumption of calorie-dense snack foods, reports a study in the September issue of Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, the official journal of the American Psychosomatic Society. [More]
Adequate levels of vitamin E critical for young, elderly and pregnant women

Adequate levels of vitamin E critical for young, elderly and pregnant women

Amid conflicting reports about the need for vitamin E and how much is enough, a new analysis published today suggests that adequate levels of this essential micronutrient are especially critical for the very young, the elderly, and women who are or may become pregnant. [More]
FDA approves Contrave extended-release tablets for chronic weight management

FDA approves Contrave extended-release tablets for chronic weight management

Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. and Orexigen® Therapeutics, Inc. jointly announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Contrave® extended-release tablets as an adjunct to a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity for chronic weight management in adults with an initial body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or greater (obese), or 27 kg/m2 or greater (overweight) in the presence of at least one weight-related comorbid condition. [More]
Research shows potential for misunderstanding between doctors and patients about critical health issue

Research shows potential for misunderstanding between doctors and patients about critical health issue

African American women and their female children have the highest obesity prevalence of any demographic group and are more likely to underestimate their body weight than white women. [More]
HolaDoctor launches new Interactive Health Insurance Center to educate Hispanics

HolaDoctor launches new Interactive Health Insurance Center to educate Hispanics

HolaDoctor.com, the leading health website in the Hispanic digital market, launched a new Interactive Health Insurance Center which aims to inform and educate Hispanics on how to apply for and acquire health coverage in 2015. [More]
Incidence of thyroid cancer rising faster in Pennsylvania than in rest of the United States as a whole

Incidence of thyroid cancer rising faster in Pennsylvania than in rest of the United States as a whole

Incidence of thyroid cancer is rising faster in Pennsylvania than in the rest of the United States as a whole, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. [More]
Professor receives award for development of anti-angiogenic therapy for retinal disease

Professor receives award for development of anti-angiogenic therapy for retinal disease

Napoleone Ferrara, MD, distinguished professor of pathology and distinguished adjunct professor of ophthalmology at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and senior deputy director for basic sciences at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, was named today as one of seven recipients of the Ant-nio Champalimaud Vision Award in Lisbon, Portugal. [More]
Peer pressure influences adherence to hand hygiene

Peer pressure influences adherence to hand hygiene

Nationally, hand hygiene adherence by healthcare workers remains staggeringly low despite its critical importance in infection control. [More]
Food commercials 'get under the skin' of teens by activating reward regions

Food commercials 'get under the skin' of teens by activating reward regions

Children and adolescents see thousands of food commercials each year and most of them advertise junk foods high in sugar, fat and salt. [More]
Scientists identify how molecular motor essential for human development works

Scientists identify how molecular motor essential for human development works

Another mystery of the human body has been solved by scientists who have identified how a molecular motor essential for human development works. [More]
People can become addicted to eating but not to consuming foods high in sugar or fat

People can become addicted to eating but not to consuming foods high in sugar or fat

People can become addicted to eating for its own sake but not to consuming specific foods such as those high in sugar or fat, research suggests. [More]
Social networking programmes can help fight obesity epidemic

Social networking programmes can help fight obesity epidemic

Social networking programmes designed to help people lose weight could play a role in the global fight against obesity, according to research. [More]