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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.
A sugary drink with a protein-rich meal reduces fat metabolism, study reports

A sugary drink with a protein-rich meal reduces fat metabolism, study reports

People who think they are less active than peers more likely to have shorter lifespan

People who think they are less active than peers more likely to have shorter lifespan

Targeting risk factors throughout life stages could prevent 35% of dementia cases, study reveals

Targeting risk factors throughout life stages could prevent 35% of dementia cases, study reveals

Risk of caesarean reduced by healthy diet and physical activity during pregnancy, study finds

Risk of caesarean reduced by healthy diet and physical activity during pregnancy, study finds

New report highlights beneficial effects of nonmedical interventions for people with dementia

New report highlights beneficial effects of nonmedical interventions for people with dementia

Study shows variation in testosterone prescribing practices in VA system

Study shows variation in testosterone prescribing practices in VA system

Latinos left out of clinical trials … and possible cures

Latinos left out of clinical trials … and possible cures

Pain relief, functional outcomes after joint replacement similar in obese and normal-weight patients

Pain relief, functional outcomes after joint replacement similar in obese and normal-weight patients

Maternal pre-pregnancy obesity linked to increased risk for neurocognitive problems in preterm infants

Maternal pre-pregnancy obesity linked to increased risk for neurocognitive problems in preterm infants

Exercise may not be equally effective in males and females, research shows

Exercise may not be equally effective in males and females, research shows

Adding estrogen in the brain may improve health in obese menopausal women

Adding estrogen in the brain may improve health in obese menopausal women

Risk of obesity, heart disease, and other health issues higher in those who consume artificial sweeteners, study finds

Risk of obesity, heart disease, and other health issues higher in those who consume artificial sweeteners, study finds

Study shows link between consuming artificial sweeteners and risks of weight gain and health issues

Study shows link between consuming artificial sweeteners and risks of weight gain and health issues

Working for many hours each day can increase risk of heart problems

Working for many hours each day can increase risk of heart problems

Smartphone data analysis reveals country-level differences in physical activity

Smartphone data analysis reveals country-level differences in physical activity

Tall and obese men at increased risk of aggressive prostate cancer, study finds

Tall and obese men at increased risk of aggressive prostate cancer, study finds

High maternal pre-pregnancy BMI linked to behavioral problems in boys

High maternal pre-pregnancy BMI linked to behavioral problems in boys

High birthweight babies have increased risk for childhood obesity

High birthweight babies have increased risk for childhood obesity

Chemicals in house dust could promote accumulation of triglycerides and fat cells

Chemicals in house dust could promote accumulation of triglycerides and fat cells

Gelesis reports completion of treatment for last patient in pivotal GLOW study

Gelesis reports completion of treatment for last patient in pivotal GLOW study