Obesity

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.
What is Obesity?

Obesity and overweight have in the last decade become a global problem - according to the World Health Organization (WHO) back in 2005 approximately 1.6 billion adults over the of age 15+ were overweight, at least 400 million adults were obese and at least 20 million children under the age of 5 years were overweight.

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Biomarkers in the blood can predict severe outcomes in COVID-19 patients

Biomarkers in the blood can predict severe outcomes in COVID-19 patients

Bladder cancer is more aggressive and advanced in South Texas, study shows

Bladder cancer is more aggressive and advanced in South Texas, study shows

Study: Majority of COVID-19 hospitalizations attributable to four pre-existing conditions

Study: Majority of COVID-19 hospitalizations attributable to four pre-existing conditions

Excess total body fat in girls may affect puberty timing, hormones and breast maturation

Excess total body fat in girls may affect puberty timing, hormones and breast maturation

Abnormal sodium levels predict respiratory failure and mortality in hospitalized COVID-19 patients

Abnormal sodium levels predict respiratory failure and mortality in hospitalized COVID-19 patients

Study of children hospitalized with COVID-19 shows 2% mortality

Study of children hospitalized with COVID-19 shows 2% mortality

Study shows reliability and robustness of injectable anti-obesity medication

Study shows reliability and robustness of injectable anti-obesity medication

C$40-million investment supports new network to fight against diabetes and other chronic diseases

C$40-million investment supports new network to fight against diabetes and other chronic diseases

In Vivo Probes for Detecting Inflammation Markers in Humans and Animals

In Vivo Probes for Detecting Inflammation Markers in Humans and Animals

Researchers evaluate long-term effectiveness of pessaries for treating pelvic organ prolapse

Researchers evaluate long-term effectiveness of pessaries for treating pelvic organ prolapse

Hormone known to prevent weight gain can help maintain healthy muscles in mice

Hormone known to prevent weight gain can help maintain healthy muscles in mice

Three studies emphasize how behavioral and social factors are intrinsic to aging

Three studies emphasize how behavioral and social factors are intrinsic to aging

Study provides better understanding of metabolic routes involved in regulating satiety

Study provides better understanding of metabolic routes involved in regulating satiety

Virus-specific cellular immunity may be essential for long-term protection against SARS-CoV-2

Virus-specific cellular immunity may be essential for long-term protection against SARS-CoV-2

Toddler sleep habits could help explain the association between household poverty and BMI

Toddler sleep habits could help explain the association between household poverty and BMI

Some nutritional supplements may help prevent or mitigate COVID-19 severity

Some nutritional supplements may help prevent or mitigate COVID-19 severity

Periodontal inflammation associated with higher risk of major cardiovascular events

Periodontal inflammation associated with higher risk of major cardiovascular events

High fructose diets might prevent proper functioning of peoples' immune system

High fructose diets might prevent proper functioning of peoples' immune system

New rodent model helps identify pregnant women whose prior kidney injury also affects babies

New rodent model helps identify pregnant women whose prior kidney injury also affects babies

Polyphenols may provide protective effect against COVID-19 disease

Polyphenols may provide protective effect against COVID-19 disease