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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Healthy diet plays vital role in warding off COVID-19

Healthy diet plays vital role in warding off COVID-19

Research suggests importance of vitamin D for good health in the context of COVID-19

Research suggests importance of vitamin D for good health in the context of COVID-19

Urban women have higher risk of chronic diseases than rural dwellers

Urban women have higher risk of chronic diseases than rural dwellers

Immunonutrition may improve COVID-19 patients' recovery

Immunonutrition may improve COVID-19 patients' recovery

Body mass index and severe COVID-19

Body mass index and severe COVID-19

HIV alters SARS-CoV-2 immune response without affecting COVID-19 symptoms or outcomes

HIV alters SARS-CoV-2 immune response without affecting COVID-19 symptoms or outcomes

Creating an affordable food source to tackle malnutrition in Zimbabwe

Creating an affordable food source to tackle malnutrition in Zimbabwe

Antihypertensive drugs may reduce COVID-19 mortality in at-risk patients

Antihypertensive drugs may reduce COVID-19 mortality in at-risk patients

Researchers develop first plant-based gel to support organoid growth for biomedical applications

Researchers develop first plant-based gel to support organoid growth for biomedical applications

Genetic risk of pre-eclampsia linked to blood pressure and BMI, study reveals

Genetic risk of pre-eclampsia linked to blood pressure and BMI, study reveals

Researchers suggest new indicator for measuring health impacts of air pollution

Researchers suggest new indicator for measuring health impacts of air pollution

Health risks of prolonged sitting are reduced by exceeding weekly activity goals

Health risks of prolonged sitting are reduced by exceeding weekly activity goals

Regulation of fat production is abnormal in obesity, shows study

Regulation of fat production is abnormal in obesity, shows study

Bariatric surgery linked to lower risk of hospital and intensive care unit admission

Bariatric surgery linked to lower risk of hospital and intensive care unit admission

New findings support benefits of bariatric surgery in severely obese adolescents

New findings support benefits of bariatric surgery in severely obese adolescents

Disproportionate COVID-19 mortality in England linked to non-white ethnicity and poverty

Disproportionate COVID-19 mortality in England linked to non-white ethnicity and poverty

Hormone that suppresses food intake could be used as potential treatment for obesity

Hormone that suppresses food intake could be used as potential treatment for obesity

More sedentary time increases risk of heart failure in older women

More sedentary time increases risk of heart failure in older women

Study underscores the importance of maintaining services to prevent, treat cardiovascular disease

Study underscores the importance of maintaining services to prevent, treat cardiovascular disease

Antimicrobial found in soaps worsens fatty liver disease in mice

Antimicrobial found in soaps worsens fatty liver disease in mice