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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Uncontrolled high blood pressure responsible for cardiovascular emergencies in the USA

Uncontrolled high blood pressure responsible for cardiovascular emergencies in the USA

Severe sleep apnea diagnosis panics reporter until he finds a simple, no-cost solution

Severe sleep apnea diagnosis panics reporter until he finds a simple, no-cost solution

The sexual dimorphisms in the epidemiology and pathophysiology of obesity

The sexual dimorphisms in the epidemiology and pathophysiology of obesity

Brazilian study reveals the effects of SARS-CoV-2 infection on the central nervous system

Brazilian study reveals the effects of SARS-CoV-2 infection on the central nervous system

Simple nasal wash can prevent hospitalization and deaths from COVID-19

Simple nasal wash can prevent hospitalization and deaths from COVID-19

Researchers find link between metabolism and dementia-related brain measures

Researchers find link between metabolism and dementia-related brain measures

Bariatric surgery recipients may have an elevated risk of epilepsy, study finds

Bariatric surgery recipients may have an elevated risk of epilepsy, study finds

Bionic pancreas more effective at maintaining blood glucose levels in people with type 1 diabetes

Bionic pancreas more effective at maintaining blood glucose levels in people with type 1 diabetes

Exploring biological mechanisms behind the link between obesity prior to pregnancy and elevated risk of pediatric ALL

Exploring biological mechanisms behind the link between obesity prior to pregnancy and elevated risk of pediatric ALL

EHR-enabled tool to address child obesity can help children achieve positive BMI

EHR-enabled tool to address child obesity can help children achieve positive BMI

TGen and ASU partner with Phoenix Children’s and Cincinnati Children’s to better understand NAFLD

TGen and ASU partner with Phoenix Children’s and Cincinnati Children’s to better understand NAFLD

Study suggests the immune system may benefit from a measure of stress

Study suggests the immune system may benefit from a measure of stress

Houston Methodist researchers receive CPRIT funding to research two of the most lethal cancers

Houston Methodist researchers receive CPRIT funding to research two of the most lethal cancers

mRNA boosters associated with decreased odds of hospitalization compared with the mRNA vaccine primary series alone

mRNA boosters associated with decreased odds of hospitalization compared with the mRNA vaccine primary series alone

How the gut microbiome could affect COVID-19 severity

How the gut microbiome could affect COVID-19 severity

Weight loss can bring long-term health benefits for individuals with obesity, but not for lean people

Weight loss can bring long-term health benefits for individuals with obesity, but not for lean people

Study reveals key role of AKG/OXGR1 signaling pathway in maintaining male reproduction

Study reveals key role of AKG/OXGR1 signaling pathway in maintaining male reproduction

Coffee drinking linked with longer lifespan and lower risk of cardiovascular disease

Coffee drinking linked with longer lifespan and lower risk of cardiovascular disease

Does leptin play a role in Parkinson’s disease?

Does leptin play a role in Parkinson’s disease?

What is the association between body fat and COVID-19?

What is the association between body fat and COVID-19?