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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A potential treatment to prevent obesity-related liver damage

A potential treatment to prevent obesity-related liver damage

Researchers receive $4.5 million grant to improve quality of care for people with cardiovascular disease

Researchers receive $4.5 million grant to improve quality of care for people with cardiovascular disease

New focus on adverse impact of male factors in assisted reproductive treatments

New focus on adverse impact of male factors in assisted reproductive treatments

Delaying second dose of covid-19 vaccine could result in lower mortality under certain conditions

Delaying second dose of covid-19 vaccine could result in lower mortality under certain conditions

Scientists initiate a groundbreaking project to treat stroke once and for all

Scientists initiate a groundbreaking project to treat stroke once and for all

Study highlights the need for more personalized approach to measuring BMI

Study highlights the need for more personalized approach to measuring BMI

Survey: 40% of people with liver disease have been worried about mental health impact of the pandemic

Survey: 40% of people with liver disease have been worried about mental health impact of the pandemic

New way to detect a diverse range of bacteria that cause diarrheal disease in informal settlements

New way to detect a diverse range of bacteria that cause diarrheal disease in informal settlements

Older heart failure patients significantly benefit from tailored cardiac rehab program

Older heart failure patients significantly benefit from tailored cardiac rehab program

Study suggests potential role for probiotics in preventing respiratory infections

Study suggests potential role for probiotics in preventing respiratory infections

Minorities substantially underrepresented in pancreatic cancer clinical trials

Minorities substantially underrepresented in pancreatic cancer clinical trials

A look at how coronavirus disease (COVID-19) affects Parkinson's

A look at how coronavirus disease (COVID-19) affects Parkinson's

Higher fruit and vegetable intake associated with less stress

Higher fruit and vegetable intake associated with less stress

Obesity-related cancer deaths are declining at a slower pace, shows study

Obesity-related cancer deaths are declining at a slower pace, shows study

Huge healthcare burden of post-COVID-19 symptoms likely, suggests new study

Huge healthcare burden of post-COVID-19 symptoms likely, suggests new study

Comprehensive blood atlas of COVID-19 identifies hallmarks of disease severity

Comprehensive blood atlas of COVID-19 identifies hallmarks of disease severity

Girls more likely to develop metabolic alterations associated with obesity than boys

Girls more likely to develop metabolic alterations associated with obesity than boys

Study examines a pathway responsible for the formation of tau tangles in the brain

Study examines a pathway responsible for the formation of tau tangles in the brain

Scientists identify molecular mechanism behind weight gain in patients taking antipsychotics

Scientists identify molecular mechanism behind weight gain in patients taking antipsychotics