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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Vaping raises COVID-19 risk among teens and youth

Vaping raises COVID-19 risk among teens and youth

Lockdowns and business closures could fuel the rise of obesity, warn researchers

Lockdowns and business closures could fuel the rise of obesity, warn researchers

Obese pregnant women have greater risk of early and late-onset hypertensive disorders

Obese pregnant women have greater risk of early and late-onset hypertensive disorders

Diet, not gastric bypass surgery, accounts for improved health

Diet, not gastric bypass surgery, accounts for improved health

Dying young: The health care workers in their 20s killed by COVID-19

Dying young: The health care workers in their 20s killed by COVID-19

Researchers develop new tool that acts like colonoscopy

Researchers develop new tool that acts like colonoscopy

UH researcher receives $2.2 million NIH grant to prevent obesity-induced cardiovascular diseases

UH researcher receives $2.2 million NIH grant to prevent obesity-induced cardiovascular diseases

Nutrition labeling plays major role in nudging people towards better dietary choices

Nutrition labeling plays major role in nudging people towards better dietary choices

Study: High blood sugar may trigger worse outcomes in COVID-19 patients

Study: High blood sugar may trigger worse outcomes in COVID-19 patients

Study: Disparities in California’s infant death rates have increased in certain ethnic groups

Study: Disparities in California’s infant death rates have increased in certain ethnic groups

Smoking and vaping significantly increase risk of COVID-19 in teens and young adults

Smoking and vaping significantly increase risk of COVID-19 in teens and young adults

Alcohol consumption rises in Australia as COVID pandemic continues

Alcohol consumption rises in Australia as COVID pandemic continues

Obesity in expectant mothers may hinder the development of babies' brains

Obesity in expectant mothers may hinder the development of babies' brains

One-third of children hospitalized with COVID-19 admitted to ICU, study finds

One-third of children hospitalized with COVID-19 admitted to ICU, study finds

Non-fasting blood test can help accurately identify youth at risk for diabetes and related risks

Non-fasting blood test can help accurately identify youth at risk for diabetes and related risks

Bioluminescent molecule in fireflies shines light on mitochondrial activity

Bioluminescent molecule in fireflies shines light on mitochondrial activity

Researchers identify new treatment for osteoarthritis

Researchers identify new treatment for osteoarthritis

Pandemic hampers reopening of joint replacement gold mine

Pandemic hampers reopening of joint replacement gold mine

Parental views of lay theories influence children's diet and their food preferences

Parental views of lay theories influence children's diet and their food preferences

Your favorite store or restaurant is open. How do you know it’s ok to go in?

Your favorite store or restaurant is open. How do you know it’s ok to go in?