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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T cells on the front line of COVID-19 response

T cells on the front line of COVID-19 response

Non-invasive neurotechnology can improve insomnia symptoms and autonomic function

Non-invasive neurotechnology can improve insomnia symptoms and autonomic function

CNIC researchers uncover a mechanism explaining how macrophages regulate obesity

CNIC researchers uncover a mechanism explaining how macrophages regulate obesity

LOX-1-immature neutrophils may help identify COVID-19 patients at risk of thrombosis complication

LOX-1-immature neutrophils may help identify COVID-19 patients at risk of thrombosis complication

Time-restricted feeding does not influence the muscle’s core clock, study finds

Time-restricted feeding does not influence the muscle’s core clock, study finds

Blood viscometers could help guide the treatment of Covid-19 patients

Blood viscometers could help guide the treatment of Covid-19 patients

Anti-CD73 molecule CPI-006 activates B cell responses to SARS-CoV-2

Anti-CD73 molecule CPI-006 activates B cell responses to SARS-CoV-2

Conditions linked to obesity leave the lungs of obese patients more susceptible to COVID-19

Conditions linked to obesity leave the lungs of obese patients more susceptible to COVID-19

CDC reports low mortality among children from COVID-19, but minorities are at risk

CDC reports low mortality among children from COVID-19, but minorities are at risk

Study uncovers new markers present on melanoma tumors

Study uncovers new markers present on melanoma tumors

Study investigates the outcomes of heart transplants from severely obese donors

Study investigates the outcomes of heart transplants from severely obese donors

Critical insights into COVID-19 exposure for healthcare workers

Critical insights into COVID-19 exposure for healthcare workers

Study provides valuable insights on effects of APOE gene on health and disease

Study provides valuable insights on effects of APOE gene on health and disease

Researchers are testing the effectiveness of multiple treatments to prevent COVID-19

Researchers are testing the effectiveness of multiple treatments to prevent COVID-19

COVID-19 works with the body's microbiota to increase disease severity in obese and diabetic patients

COVID-19 works with the body's microbiota to increase disease severity in obese and diabetic patients

WSU researchers use soy to improve post-operative treatment of bone cancer

WSU researchers use soy to improve post-operative treatment of bone cancer

Research provides insight into how muscles and fat tissue communicate to improve fitness

Research provides insight into how muscles and fat tissue communicate to improve fitness

Researchers receive $2.5 million grant to develop and analyze breast tumor organoids

Researchers receive $2.5 million grant to develop and analyze breast tumor organoids

Keto diet could be beneficial for elderly COVID-19 patients

Keto diet could be beneficial for elderly COVID-19 patients

Study shows lack knowledge about colonoscopy among high-risk patients

Study shows lack knowledge about colonoscopy among high-risk patients