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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New therapeutic approach offers hope to treat obesity and related metabolic disorders

New therapeutic approach offers hope to treat obesity and related metabolic disorders

Lucky genes can help lower risk of diseases in people with obesity

Lucky genes can help lower risk of diseases in people with obesity

Study suggests COVID-19 patient fatalities are decreasing unequally in vaccinated and unvaccinated countries

Study suggests COVID-19 patient fatalities are decreasing unequally in vaccinated and unvaccinated countries

Low-cost test could open new avenues for earlier diagnosis, treatment of rare genetic disorders

Low-cost test could open new avenues for earlier diagnosis, treatment of rare genetic disorders

Attenuated tissue immune responses against SARS-CoV-2 in obese and non-obese patients

Attenuated tissue immune responses against SARS-CoV-2 in obese and non-obese patients

Highly anxious men may be at greater risk for developing heart disease and type 2 diabetes

Highly anxious men may be at greater risk for developing heart disease and type 2 diabetes

Pilot survey provides data on the unique needs of new fathers

Pilot survey provides data on the unique needs of new fathers

Study explores whether gut bacteria profiles differ by race and insulin sensitivity status

Study explores whether gut bacteria profiles differ by race and insulin sensitivity status

New MRI technology to expand imaging access for patients with implanted medical devices and obesity

New MRI technology to expand imaging access for patients with implanted medical devices and obesity

NIH-funded study will use machine learning to predict individual responses to diet

NIH-funded study will use machine learning to predict individual responses to diet

CDC releases new state maps of adult physical inactivity prevalence in America

CDC releases new state maps of adult physical inactivity prevalence in America

Is COVID-19 mRNA vaccination in children associated with subsequent multisystemic hyper-inflammatory syndrome?

Is COVID-19 mRNA vaccination in children associated with subsequent multisystemic hyper-inflammatory syndrome?

Estrogen-activated neurocircuit in females provide anti-obesity benefits

Estrogen-activated neurocircuit in females provide anti-obesity benefits

Investigational cancer drug mimics the metabolic and therapeutic effects of fasting, mice study shows

Investigational cancer drug mimics the metabolic and therapeutic effects of fasting, mice study shows

Scientific review highlights the impact of coffee on digestive organs

Scientific review highlights the impact of coffee on digestive organs

Schoolchildren in Hong Kong surveyed on the prevalence and impact of allergic diseases

Schoolchildren in Hong Kong surveyed on the prevalence and impact of allergic diseases

Preconception weight loss may not increase obese woman's chances of delivering a healthy baby

Preconception weight loss may not increase obese woman's chances of delivering a healthy baby

Can meal times affect your risk of glucose intolerance?

Can meal times affect your risk of glucose intolerance?

Blocking an enzyme activity inside fat cells can reduce obesity in mice

Blocking an enzyme activity inside fat cells can reduce obesity in mice

Researchers investigate the role of a key component of the circadian clock in heart disease

Researchers investigate the role of a key component of the circadian clock in heart disease