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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Genetic analysis finds link between obesity-related genes and rheumatoid arthritis

Genetic analysis finds link between obesity-related genes and rheumatoid arthritis

Owlstone Medical releases positive study results on use of breath biopsy for better liver disease diagnosis

Owlstone Medical releases positive study results on use of breath biopsy for better liver disease diagnosis

Shielding strategy could be ineffective in reducing COVID-19 prevalence and mortality

Shielding strategy could be ineffective in reducing COVID-19 prevalence and mortality

Black young adults pay a higher price to achieve prosperity

Black young adults pay a higher price to achieve prosperity

Exercise hormone could have a therapeutic effect on COVID-19 patients

Exercise hormone could have a therapeutic effect on COVID-19 patients

Farming population is highly vulnerable to COVID-19

Farming population is highly vulnerable to COVID-19

Respiratory specimens testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 decrease in the U.S., CDC report

Respiratory specimens testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 decrease in the U.S., CDC report

Over 20% of Americans suffer from food shortage, study reveals

Over 20% of Americans suffer from food shortage, study reveals

Diabetes leads to drastic reduction in the kidney's potential to clean itself

Diabetes leads to drastic reduction in the kidney's potential to clean itself

Middle-aged people report more pain than older Americans, study finds

Middle-aged people report more pain than older Americans, study finds

Early bedtime helps people with diabetes lead a healthy, active lifestyle

Early bedtime helps people with diabetes lead a healthy, active lifestyle

Genomic adaptations to rice‐based diets contribute to mitigation of metabolic risk

Genomic adaptations to rice‐based diets contribute to mitigation of metabolic risk

Older racial and ethnic minority nursing home residents suffer the most from COVID-19

Older racial and ethnic minority nursing home residents suffer the most from COVID-19

New study identifies more than 2,000 undiagnosed cases of type 2 diabetes

New study identifies more than 2,000 undiagnosed cases of type 2 diabetes

Access to low or no-cost meals disrupted due to school closures during COVID-19

Access to low or no-cost meals disrupted due to school closures during COVID-19

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