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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.
Obese people are less likely to receive preventive services such as mammograms, Pap smears and flu shots

Obese people are less likely to receive preventive services such as mammograms, Pap smears and flu shots

Obesity's effects on mortality may have been over-estimated

Obesity's effects on mortality may have been over-estimated

Pedometers motivate walkers

Pedometers motivate walkers

Researchers find C-reactive protein differences, a predictor of heart disease among sexes, races

Researchers find C-reactive protein differences, a predictor of heart disease among sexes, races

Visceral obesity may be an important risk factor for insulin resistance syndrome in children

Visceral obesity may be an important risk factor for insulin resistance syndrome in children

Dairy foods may actually help dieters keep the muscle and lose even more fat

Dairy foods may actually help dieters keep the muscle and lose even more fat

Fructose sweetning could be even worse than using other sweeteners

Fructose sweetning could be even worse than using other sweeteners

Knee pain more often part of a package of aches and pains

Knee pain more often part of a package of aches and pains

Most people with knee pain also have pain elsewhere

Most people with knee pain also have pain elsewhere

Direct relationship between inflammation and glucose levels

Direct relationship between inflammation and glucose levels

Cancer survivors initiate diet, exercise, and other beneficial lifestyle changes following a cancer diagnosis

Cancer survivors initiate diet, exercise, and other beneficial lifestyle changes following a cancer diagnosis

New treatment that boosts the stomach's 'full' signal offers new way of tackling growing obesity epidemic

New treatment that boosts the stomach's 'full' signal offers new way of tackling growing obesity epidemic

New treatment helps obese patients to feel full

New treatment helps obese patients to feel full

New research finds molecular link between obesity and diabetes

New research finds molecular link between obesity and diabetes

Taste reigns supreme, whereas nutrition varies between consumers

Taste reigns supreme, whereas nutrition varies between consumers

Obese people are more likely than normal-weight people to injure themselves

Obese people are more likely than normal-weight people to injure themselves

Protein found in fat cells is a newly discovered cause of insulin resistance

Protein found in fat cells is a newly discovered cause of insulin resistance

Metformin should be in the first line of defense against type 2 diabetes

Metformin should be in the first line of defense against type 2 diabetes

Children enrolled in kid-oriented diet and exercise programs are likely to adopt healthier eating and activity patterns

Children enrolled in kid-oriented diet and exercise programs are likely to adopt healthier eating and activity patterns

Insulin resistance increases a person's risk for development of congestive heart failure

Insulin resistance increases a person's risk for development of congestive heart failure