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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.
Writers, scientists, ethicists and medical practitioners explore our obsession with physical perfection

Writers, scientists, ethicists and medical practitioners explore our obsession with physical perfection

WHO to tackle heart disease, diabetes, cancers, road safety as well as diseases

WHO to tackle heart disease, diabetes, cancers, road safety as well as diseases

World health officials adopt global health strategy

World health officials adopt global health strategy

Genome research sheds light on Bardet-Biedl syndrome

Genome research sheds light on Bardet-Biedl syndrome

Rise in type 2 diabetes rates linked to fizzy drinks

Rise in type 2 diabetes rates linked to fizzy drinks

Obese women more likely to have pregnancy complications and caesarean sections than women of average weight

Obese women more likely to have pregnancy complications and caesarean sections than women of average weight

Antioxidant vitamins A, C and E are unlikely to prevent heart disease and other diseases such as cancer

Antioxidant vitamins A, C and E are unlikely to prevent heart disease and other diseases such as cancer

Dietary supplement reduces body fat mass in overweight adults by as much as nine percent

Dietary supplement reduces body fat mass in overweight adults by as much as nine percent

Studies identify risk factors for colon cancer in women

Studies identify risk factors for colon cancer in women

Caffeinated beverages may benefit some people who are at high-risk for liver disease

Caffeinated beverages may benefit some people who are at high-risk for liver disease

Exercise reverses signs of artery disease in obese children

Exercise reverses signs of artery disease in obese children

Comparison study shows low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet loses more weight than low-fat, low-cholesterol, low-calorie diet

Comparison study shows low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet loses more weight than low-fat, low-cholesterol, low-calorie diet

Body size is a major predictor of high blood pressure

Body size is a major predictor of high blood pressure

Dark chocolate and cocoa may help arterial stiffness

Dark chocolate and cocoa may help arterial stiffness

Blood pressure screening for children should start at age 3, according to the latest government diagnosis and treatment guidelines

Blood pressure screening for children should start at age 3, according to the latest government diagnosis and treatment guidelines

A new synthetic chemical may provide framework for future drugs to treat brain-based ailments

A new synthetic chemical may provide framework for future drugs to treat brain-based ailments

Statins should not be considered as a stand-alone wonder-drug in the fight against heart disease

Statins should not be considered as a stand-alone wonder-drug in the fight against heart disease

Pharmaceutical agreement involving novel obesity compound

Pharmaceutical agreement involving novel obesity compound

Study to find the best diet to reduce heart disease and diabetes

Study to find the best diet to reduce heart disease and diabetes

Faster growing babies are at greater risk of heart disease and stroke

Faster growing babies are at greater risk of heart disease and stroke