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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Study suggests potential role for probiotics in preventing respiratory infections

Study suggests potential role for probiotics in preventing respiratory infections

Minorities substantially underrepresented in pancreatic cancer clinical trials

Minorities substantially underrepresented in pancreatic cancer clinical trials

A look at how coronavirus disease (COVID-19) affects Parkinson's

A look at how coronavirus disease (COVID-19) affects Parkinson's

Higher fruit and vegetable intake associated with less stress

Higher fruit and vegetable intake associated with less stress

Obesity-related cancer deaths are declining at a slower pace, shows study

Obesity-related cancer deaths are declining at a slower pace, shows study

Huge healthcare burden of post-COVID-19 symptoms likely, suggests new study

Huge healthcare burden of post-COVID-19 symptoms likely, suggests new study

Comprehensive blood atlas of COVID-19 identifies hallmarks of disease severity

Comprehensive blood atlas of COVID-19 identifies hallmarks of disease severity

Girls more likely to develop metabolic alterations associated with obesity than boys

Girls more likely to develop metabolic alterations associated with obesity than boys

Study examines a pathway responsible for the formation of tau tangles in the brain

Study examines a pathway responsible for the formation of tau tangles in the brain

Scientists identify molecular mechanism behind weight gain in patients taking antipsychotics

Scientists identify molecular mechanism behind weight gain in patients taking antipsychotics

Study examines the connection between human gut microbiota and health, mortality

Study examines the connection between human gut microbiota and health, mortality

Severe COVID-19 infections in pregnant women do not increase risk of death

Severe COVID-19 infections in pregnant women do not increase risk of death

Chronic pain is becoming more common in the United States

Chronic pain is becoming more common in the United States

Hospitalized pregnant women less likely to die from COVID-19 than non-pregnant patients

Hospitalized pregnant women less likely to die from COVID-19 than non-pregnant patients

Severe COVID-19 linked to genetic clotting predisposition

Severe COVID-19 linked to genetic clotting predisposition

Experts discuss the role of hormones in everyday life, highlight policy measures to address challenges

Experts discuss the role of hormones in everyday life, highlight policy measures to address challenges

Machine learning approach helps study human hypothalamus at the single-cell level

Machine learning approach helps study human hypothalamus at the single-cell level

Meal premiums in child-directed fast-food TV advertisements work against obesity prevention efforts

Meal premiums in child-directed fast-food TV advertisements work against obesity prevention efforts

Cardiovascular risk factors accumulated from childhood linked to poorer brain function at midlife

Cardiovascular risk factors accumulated from childhood linked to poorer brain function at midlife

Inflammasomes could play an important role in the development of obesity-related colon cancer

Inflammasomes could play an important role in the development of obesity-related colon cancer