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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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 contracting COVID-19, shows study

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

New guidelines on assessment and management of type 2 diabetes in children, adolescents

New guidelines on assessment and management of type 2 diabetes in children, adolescents

Research suggests protective effect of influenza vaccine against COVID-19 severity and mortality

Research suggests protective effect of influenza vaccine against COVID-19 severity and mortality

Newly discovered endometrial cancer biomarker enables early detection and treatment

Newly discovered endometrial cancer biomarker enables early detection and treatment

Common chemotherapy drug may be less effective in overweight, obese breast cancer patients

Common chemotherapy drug may be less effective in overweight, obese breast cancer patients

New Android application helps identify signs of sleep apnea at home

New Android application helps identify signs of sleep apnea at home

Study: Oats and rye brans reduce weight gain, hepatic inflammation

Study: Oats and rye brans reduce weight gain, hepatic inflammation

Study: East Germany has more hospitalizations for heart failure compared to West Germany

Study: East Germany has more hospitalizations for heart failure compared to West Germany

Repeated sampling of FIB-4 score can increase the prediction of future liver cirrhosis

Repeated sampling of FIB-4 score can increase the prediction of future liver cirrhosis

Alzheimer’s drug could be re-purposed to reverse blood vessel damage in diabetes

Alzheimer’s drug could be re-purposed to reverse blood vessel damage in diabetes

Menopause can increase risk of metabolic syndrome, shows study

Menopause can increase risk of metabolic syndrome, shows study

BMI should be assessed in management of COVID-19 patients

BMI should be assessed in management of COVID-19 patients

Oral hygiene and severity of COVID-19 – the connection

Oral hygiene and severity of COVID-19 – the connection

Study explores time trends in pregnancy-related outcomes among women with type 1 diabetes

Study explores time trends in pregnancy-related outcomes among women with type 1 diabetes

COVID-19 triggers changes in blood platelets

COVID-19 triggers changes in blood platelets

Novel vaccine that removes aged immune cells mitigates metabolic disorders in obese mice

Novel vaccine that removes aged immune cells mitigates metabolic disorders in obese mice

Breast milk even more beneficial for baby if mother exercises regularly, finds study

Breast milk even more beneficial for baby if mother exercises regularly, finds study