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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.
Benefits of weight loss may depend on alignment of affected leg, study suggests

Benefits of weight loss may depend on alignment of affected leg, study suggests

Novel anti-obesity compound shows promise for treatment of obesity

Novel anti-obesity compound shows promise for treatment of obesity

Rimonabant could be safer for treating obesity than previous weight-loss drugs

Rimonabant could be safer for treating obesity than previous weight-loss drugs

Metabolic syndrome is a public health time bomb

Metabolic syndrome is a public health time bomb

Low testosterone production appears to be a common complication of type 2 diabetes in men

Low testosterone production appears to be a common complication of type 2 diabetes in men

Elevated BMI may not increase risk of death among men with heart attack or stroke

Elevated BMI may not increase risk of death among men with heart attack or stroke

British parents admit responsibility lies with them to tackle childhood obesity

British parents admit responsibility lies with them to tackle childhood obesity

Parents are failing to recognise obesity

Parents are failing to recognise obesity

European regulators should avoid excessive legislation when trying to tackle obesity

European regulators should avoid excessive legislation when trying to tackle obesity

Weight gain beginning in childhood can lead to an enlarged heart

Weight gain beginning in childhood can lead to an enlarged heart

Chylomicrons may be as dangerous or more dangerous than low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol

Chylomicrons may be as dangerous or more dangerous than low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol

Low-glycemic load diets may make dieting easier

Low-glycemic load diets may make dieting easier

CDC admits obesity stats flawed - pharmaceutical and weight loss industry at fault

CDC admits obesity stats flawed - pharmaceutical and weight loss industry at fault

Obesity could increase a person’s risk for atrial fibrillation

Obesity could increase a person’s risk for atrial fibrillation

Having diabetes raises a woman's risk of having a heart attack to nearly 10 times

Having diabetes raises a woman's risk of having a heart attack to nearly 10 times

Highly obese women are 12 times more likely to have diabetes

Highly obese women are 12 times more likely to have diabetes

People living along the U.S.-Mexico border have higher rates of diabetes

People living along the U.S.-Mexico border have higher rates of diabetes

Where you live affects what you eat

Where you live affects what you eat

The passive smoking proposals, whilst welcome, do not go far enough

The passive smoking proposals, whilst welcome, do not go far enough

BMA welcomes smoke-free plan

BMA welcomes smoke-free plan