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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Variations in inflammatory gene increase the risk of obesity

Variations in inflammatory gene increase the risk of obesity

Research reveals how genetic differences in body fat affect men and women's health risks

Research reveals how genetic differences in body fat affect men and women's health risks

Social inequities in Black and South Asian immigrants increase risk of severe COVID-19 infection

Social inequities in Black and South Asian immigrants increase risk of severe COVID-19 infection

New $1.5 million, multi-state data project to examine COVID-19 outcomes and treatments

New $1.5 million, multi-state data project to examine COVID-19 outcomes and treatments

As fires and floods wreak havoc on health, new climate center seeks solutions

As fires and floods wreak havoc on health, new climate center seeks solutions

Lack of considerations in cumulative effect of food chemicals could have contributed to increased chronic diseases

Lack of considerations in cumulative effect of food chemicals could have contributed to increased chronic diseases

Study: 5 to 10% of surgically induced weight loss linked with cardiovascular benefits

Study: 5 to 10% of surgically induced weight loss linked with cardiovascular benefits

Overactivation of fructose made in the brain may drive Alzheimer's disease

Overactivation of fructose made in the brain may drive Alzheimer's disease

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