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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.
Enzyme in plants key to developing novel pharmaceuticals

Enzyme in plants key to developing novel pharmaceuticals

High-fat diets contribute to irregularities in hypothalamus region of the brain

High-fat diets contribute to irregularities in hypothalamus region of the brain

Chronic hypertension among older pregnant women has spiked by more than 75% since 1970

Chronic hypertension among older pregnant women has spiked by more than 75% since 1970

Millions of diabetes patients are missing out on Medicare’s nutrition help

Millions of diabetes patients are missing out on Medicare’s nutrition help

Economic resurgence not associated with improvement in cardiovascular health

Economic resurgence not associated with improvement in cardiovascular health

Exposure to 9/11 WTC dust associated with increased risk of heart disease in NYC firefighters

Exposure to 9/11 WTC dust associated with increased risk of heart disease in NYC firefighters

Taxing SSBs by the amount of sugar could produce greater health benefits and economic gains

Taxing SSBs by the amount of sugar could produce greater health benefits and economic gains

All sodas including diet increase risk of premature death

All sodas including diet increase risk of premature death

Stroke risk higher but heart disease lower in vegetarians

Stroke risk higher but heart disease lower in vegetarians

Excess weight linked with poorer psychosocial health among cancer patients

Excess weight linked with poorer psychosocial health among cancer patients

Modifiable risk factors play key roles in the development of gout

Modifiable risk factors play key roles in the development of gout

Loss of hip BMD persists after weight loss intervention among older adults with obesity

Loss of hip BMD persists after weight loss intervention among older adults with obesity

Vaping may impair fertility and pregnancy outcomes

Vaping may impair fertility and pregnancy outcomes

Genetic variants associated with adult obesity start playing a role during early childhood

Genetic variants associated with adult obesity start playing a role during early childhood

Death rates from heart failure are higher in the poorest U.S. counties

Death rates from heart failure are higher in the poorest U.S. counties

WSU researcher to study impact of outdoor preschools on children's health outcomes

WSU researcher to study impact of outdoor preschools on children's health outcomes

Younger people getting cancer due to obesity

Younger people getting cancer due to obesity

Diabetes associated with increased risk of developing heart failure after a heart attack

Diabetes associated with increased risk of developing heart failure after a heart attack

World Heart Federation launches new roadmap to reduce global burden of CVD in people with diabetes

World Heart Federation launches new roadmap to reduce global burden of CVD in people with diabetes

Unhealthy lifestyle raises heart disease risk more than genetics

Unhealthy lifestyle raises heart disease risk more than genetics