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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Youth-onset type 2 diabetes is more aggressive and difficult to control, study shows

Youth-onset type 2 diabetes is more aggressive and difficult to control, study shows

Weight loss not given sufficient priority in the management of heart patients

Weight loss not given sufficient priority in the management of heart patients

Global prevalence of dementia estimated to increase to more than 152 million by 2050

Global prevalence of dementia estimated to increase to more than 152 million by 2050

Excessive body fat can increase the risk of dementia

Excessive body fat can increase the risk of dementia

Nasal swabs reveal muted antiviral response in patients who developed severe COVID-19

Nasal swabs reveal muted antiviral response in patients who developed severe COVID-19

Clinical trials during a pandemic – lessons from COVID-19

Clinical trials during a pandemic – lessons from COVID-19

Study identifies food insecurity at a local authority scale across the UK

Study identifies food insecurity at a local authority scale across the UK

Experts call for immediate action to ensure physical activity is built into everyday lives

Experts call for immediate action to ensure physical activity is built into everyday lives

Scientists identify gut microbiota dysbiosis as a potential risk factor for long COVID

Scientists identify gut microbiota dysbiosis as a potential risk factor for long COVID

Study shows strong relationship between women's heart health and pregnancy outcomes

Study shows strong relationship between women's heart health and pregnancy outcomes

Children of obese mothers at increased risk of fatty liver disease

Children of obese mothers at increased risk of fatty liver disease

Occasional breastfeeding shown to improve cardiac and vascular health in babies, with long-lasting benefits

Occasional breastfeeding shown to improve cardiac and vascular health in babies, with long-lasting benefits

Patient's case report reveals link between Bell’s palsy and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

Patient's case report reveals link between Bell’s palsy and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

Infection fatality rate of COVID-19 in community-based elderly lower than earlier estimates

Infection fatality rate of COVID-19 in community-based elderly lower than earlier estimates

A comprehensive approach to encourage citizens to follow Mediterranean diet

A comprehensive approach to encourage citizens to follow Mediterranean diet

UN report highlights dramatic worsening of world hunger in the pandemic year

UN report highlights dramatic worsening of world hunger in the pandemic year

Research shows the effect of physical activity on bowel cancer cell growth

Research shows the effect of physical activity on bowel cancer cell growth

Mindfulness training for pregnant women doubles the chance of natural birth

Mindfulness training for pregnant women doubles the chance of natural birth

Study could help improve care for irregular heartbeats in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

Study could help improve care for irregular heartbeats in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

Study finds clear association between hemoglobin levels and key cardiovascular traits

Study finds clear association between hemoglobin levels and key cardiovascular traits