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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.
Unconventional wiring of the brain circuits that govern sleep and waking might explain the prevalence of insomnia

Unconventional wiring of the brain circuits that govern sleep and waking might explain the prevalence of insomnia

Obesity linked to diabetes

Obesity linked to diabetes

Protein that regulates cholesterol levels may lead to new drug targets in the fight against obesity

Protein that regulates cholesterol levels may lead to new drug targets in the fight against obesity

People who eat rice have healthier diets

People who eat rice have healthier diets

Cardiovascular disease: diet, nutrition and emerging risk factors

Cardiovascular disease: diet, nutrition and emerging risk factors

Research challenges the traditional explanation for the causes of diastolic heart failure

Research challenges the traditional explanation for the causes of diastolic heart failure

A parent's weight may also play a role in adolescent weight gain

A parent's weight may also play a role in adolescent weight gain

HHS to tackle obesity among African Americans

HHS to tackle obesity among African Americans

Almonds may help combat obesity, heart disease and diabetes

Almonds may help combat obesity, heart disease and diabetes

No association found between diet and pancreatic cancer

No association found between diet and pancreatic cancer

Obesity costs California $21.7 billion a year

Obesity costs California $21.7 billion a year

Metabolic side effects of antipsychotics are known, but rarely monitored

Metabolic side effects of antipsychotics are known, but rarely monitored

Weight loss surgery is the most effective treatment available for obesity say experts

Weight loss surgery is the most effective treatment available for obesity say experts

Alteration of steroid receptor genes creates fat burning muscle

Alteration of steroid receptor genes creates fat burning muscle

More discrimination directed toward obese shoppers than toward average-weight shoppers

More discrimination directed toward obese shoppers than toward average-weight shoppers

Obesity may hinder body's ability to control influenza infection

Obesity may hinder body's ability to control influenza infection

Dramatic evidence of the importance of visual cues in the control of food intake

Dramatic evidence of the importance of visual cues in the control of food intake

Effect of individualized diets on chronic disease risk

Effect of individualized diets on chronic disease risk

Need for pediatricians to partner with community-based organizations

Need for pediatricians to partner with community-based organizations

Operation yields best results for severe obesity

Operation yields best results for severe obesity