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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.
Project to find out how European governments could fight obesity

Project to find out how European governments could fight obesity

Research findings may help stave off full-blown diabetes

Research findings may help stave off full-blown diabetes

Consumption of milk seems to be evaporating

Consumption of milk seems to be evaporating

ChemGenex discovers five new depression genes

ChemGenex discovers five new depression genes

Current methods of delivering health care to kids are woefully unable to cope with a pediatric disease pendulum

Current methods of delivering health care to kids are woefully unable to cope with a pediatric disease pendulum

Western diseases such as stroke and heart disease are a major problem in Asia

Western diseases such as stroke and heart disease are a major problem in Asia

Yentreve available in Europe for treatment of stress urinary incontinence

Yentreve available in Europe for treatment of stress urinary incontinence

Measuring body fat has just got easier and a whole lot more sophisticated

Measuring body fat has just got easier and a whole lot more sophisticated

Chronic illnesses among children not adequately addressed

Chronic illnesses among children not adequately addressed

Number of fast food outlets in poor and black neighborhoods may play a role in the obesity epidemic

Number of fast food outlets in poor and black neighborhoods may play a role in the obesity epidemic

Spinal cord injury specialist says 60 percent of his patients are obese

Spinal cord injury specialist says 60 percent of his patients are obese

Too much TV leads to higher risk of obesity for young black girls

Too much TV leads to higher risk of obesity for young black girls

Studies of human genetic variation have found strong evidence for the action of natural selection

Studies of human genetic variation have found strong evidence for the action of natural selection

Higher body mass index has a stronger association with diabetes than physical inactivity

Higher body mass index has a stronger association with diabetes than physical inactivity

Measuring a womans fitness gives a clearer indication of coronary artery disease than measuring obesity

Measuring a womans fitness gives a clearer indication of coronary artery disease than measuring obesity

First ever analysis of body mass index (BMI) data at the school, district, county and state level

First ever analysis of body mass index (BMI) data at the school, district, county and state level

Postmenopausal women with heart disease have three fold increased risk of heart failure if they also have diabetes

Postmenopausal women with heart disease have three fold increased risk of heart failure if they also have diabetes

Telemedicine aims to reduce large birth weights which lead to obesity and diabetes

Telemedicine aims to reduce large birth weights which lead to obesity and diabetes

Students to be educated on better eating and lifestyle choices

Students to be educated on better eating and lifestyle choices

Study is the first comprehensive risk analysis to examine both the risk of death from breast cancer and other causes following diagnosis

Study is the first comprehensive risk analysis to examine both the risk of death from breast cancer and other causes following diagnosis