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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.
Striking increase in high blood pressure in the U.S.

Striking increase in high blood pressure in the U.S.

Researchers have discovered that many people with Bardet-Biedl syndrome can't detect odors

Researchers have discovered that many people with Bardet-Biedl syndrome can't detect odors

Diabetes worldwide will continue to increase at record levels

Diabetes worldwide will continue to increase at record levels

Workplace obesity intervention programs can reach millions of people

Workplace obesity intervention programs can reach millions of people

Inherited gene conflict may key to controlling obesity

Inherited gene conflict may key to controlling obesity

Iacocca pledges $1 million to the type 1 diabetes cause

Iacocca pledges $1 million to the type 1 diabetes cause

Scientists have uncovered the identity of the last of eight genes known to contribute to Bardet-Biedl syndrome

Scientists have uncovered the identity of the last of eight genes known to contribute to Bardet-Biedl syndrome

World's first tagatose-containing chocolate is very low in glycemic load

World's first tagatose-containing chocolate is very low in glycemic load

Nutritionists are attacking Tennessee's obesity problem

Nutritionists are attacking Tennessee's obesity problem

Scientists identify compounds that mimic calorie restriction

Scientists identify compounds that mimic calorie restriction

Sugar Association questions claim that breast cancer is connected to sucrose consumption

Sugar Association questions claim that breast cancer is connected to sucrose consumption

Multicultural approach to health needed for well-being of indigenous people

Multicultural approach to health needed for well-being of indigenous people

Clinical trial of lipase inhibitor for the treatment of obesity

Clinical trial of lipase inhibitor for the treatment of obesity

No increased risk of heart attacks among snus/snuff users, unlike smokers

No increased risk of heart attacks among snus/snuff users, unlike smokers

Carb-conscious dieters may be lowering their risk of breast cancer

Carb-conscious dieters may be lowering their risk of breast cancer

Parents, teens underestimating weight

Parents, teens underestimating weight

24-year long asthma study is answering doctors' questions about asthma and its causes

24-year long asthma study is answering doctors' questions about asthma and its causes

Approval of cholesterol-lowering therapy Lipitor for the prevention of cardiovascular disease

Approval of cholesterol-lowering therapy Lipitor for the prevention of cardiovascular disease

Researchers study whether people’s genetic makeup could make them more likely to develop osteoarthritis of the knee and hip

Researchers study whether people’s genetic makeup could make them more likely to develop osteoarthritis of the knee and hip

Children should be screened for high blood pressure at age 3

Children should be screened for high blood pressure at age 3