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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Consuming whey protein at night increases morning blood sugar level in healthy people

Consuming whey protein at night increases morning blood sugar level in healthy people

Novel plasma-coated bandages could revolutionize the treatment of chronic wounds

Novel plasma-coated bandages could revolutionize the treatment of chronic wounds

Senators Cassidy and Carper urge CMS to update restrictive coverage policies on obesity drugs and IBT

Senators Cassidy and Carper urge CMS to update restrictive coverage policies on obesity drugs and IBT

Study of 17 million patients pinpoints COVID-19 mortality risk factors

Study of 17 million patients pinpoints COVID-19 mortality risk factors

Volunteers can now register for coronavirus disease vaccine trials

Volunteers can now register for coronavirus disease vaccine trials

Manifestations of COVID-19 in newborn babies

Manifestations of COVID-19 in newborn babies

Study explains why humans taste some flavors more quickly than others

Study explains why humans taste some flavors more quickly than others

Proximity to natural environments benefits formula-fed babies' gut microbiome

Proximity to natural environments benefits formula-fed babies' gut microbiome

Study links fermented vegetable consumption to low COVID-19 mortality

Study links fermented vegetable consumption to low COVID-19 mortality

School's food offerings and physical activity environment associated with lower BMI for students

School's food offerings and physical activity environment associated with lower BMI for students

Taller children have higher risk of developing obesity

Taller children have higher risk of developing obesity

Microbiome of first stool may predict infant's likelihood of developing obesity

Microbiome of first stool may predict infant's likelihood of developing obesity

Researchers examine link between deforestation, agricultural diversity, and food access

Researchers examine link between deforestation, agricultural diversity, and food access

Risk of severe COVID-19 in ~50 kb genomic segment inherited from Neanderthals

Risk of severe COVID-19 in ~50 kb genomic segment inherited from Neanderthals

Early life BMI linked to cardiovascular disease signs at 11-12 years

Early life BMI linked to cardiovascular disease signs at 11-12 years

Boosting manganese levels during pregnancy could potentially reduce preeclampsia risk

Boosting manganese levels during pregnancy could potentially reduce preeclampsia risk

Study shows how non-alcoholic fatty liver disease causes Alzheimer's-like neuroinflammation

Study shows how non-alcoholic fatty liver disease causes Alzheimer's-like neuroinflammation

Short, frequent walks in blue spaces may have a positive effect on well-being and mood

Short, frequent walks in blue spaces may have a positive effect on well-being and mood

Obesity and BME status may place individuals at high-risk of contracting COVID-19

Obesity and BME status may place individuals at high-risk of contracting COVID-19

Asthma does not appear to increase the risk of COVID-19, shows study

Asthma does not appear to increase the risk of COVID-19, shows study