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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.
Fruit fly model for studying diseases like gout, kidney stones reveals new drug targets

Fruit fly model for studying diseases like gout, kidney stones reveals new drug targets

Machine learning reveals links between genetic factors and behavior

Machine learning reveals links between genetic factors and behavior

Impulsive behavior associated with less sleep and more screen time

Impulsive behavior associated with less sleep and more screen time

Study highlights how high fat diet affects one component of gut immune system

Study highlights how high fat diet affects one component of gut immune system

Researchers find new target for disease of the heart's smallest blood vessels

Researchers find new target for disease of the heart's smallest blood vessels

Eat more plant‐based food, less meat, for better heart health

Eat more plant‐based food, less meat, for better heart health

Study: More heart attacks in areas with higher number of fast food restaurants

Study: More heart attacks in areas with higher number of fast food restaurants

Heavy screen time associated with overweight, abdominal obesity among children

Heavy screen time associated with overweight, abdominal obesity among children

Worsening of quality of life in people with knee osteoarthritis associated with several risk factors

Worsening of quality of life in people with knee osteoarthritis associated with several risk factors

Obesity plagues Hispanics and blacks in Colorado, nation’s ‘healthiest’ state

Obesity plagues Hispanics and blacks in Colorado, nation’s ‘healthiest’ state

Caffeine before bedtime has little effect on sleep quality, but alcohol and nicotine does

Caffeine before bedtime has little effect on sleep quality, but alcohol and nicotine does

Medical mistrust contributes to delays in African American men using health care system

Medical mistrust contributes to delays in African American men using health care system

Atrial fibrillation is common and incurable, but can be controlled

Atrial fibrillation is common and incurable, but can be controlled

Optimistic people tend to be better sleepers, study finds

Optimistic people tend to be better sleepers, study finds

Researchers identify gene mutation combo linked to endometrial cancer

Researchers identify gene mutation combo linked to endometrial cancer

Eating chicken rather than red meat could lower breast cancer risk

Eating chicken rather than red meat could lower breast cancer risk

Men with erectile dysfunction sicker, less productive

Men with erectile dysfunction sicker, less productive

Substituting poultry for red meat may lower risk of breast cancer

Substituting poultry for red meat may lower risk of breast cancer

Pitt researchers first to grow genetically modified miniature human livers in the lab

Pitt researchers first to grow genetically modified miniature human livers in the lab

New initiative launched to support development and application of psychology research

New initiative launched to support development and application of psychology research