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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.
New breakthrough in understanding the role of high-risk immune genes in rheumatoid arthritis

New breakthrough in understanding the role of high-risk immune genes in rheumatoid arthritis

Scientists characterize the genetic diversity of populations in the South Pacific

Scientists characterize the genetic diversity of populations in the South Pacific

Obesity reduces mitochondrial gene expression in fat tissues

Obesity reduces mitochondrial gene expression in fat tissues

Study reveals the evolution of the human gut microbiota

Study reveals the evolution of the human gut microbiota

Processed meat associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease

Processed meat associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease

Stem cell therapy could help restore debilitating muscle loss that happens with age

Stem cell therapy could help restore debilitating muscle loss that happens with age

Lowering apolipoprotein CIII levels can prevent deleterious effects of a high-fat diet

Lowering apolipoprotein CIII levels can prevent deleterious effects of a high-fat diet

Study demonstrates the contagion effect of weight loss program in relatives of participants

Study demonstrates the contagion effect of weight loss program in relatives of participants

UMD awarded grant to explore nettle as a functional food for improving health

UMD awarded grant to explore nettle as a functional food for improving health

Study reveals link between group of metabolites in blood and satiety perception

Study reveals link between group of metabolites in blood and satiety perception

Child-targeted advertising impacts the transition from traditional Mediterranean diet to processed foods

Child-targeted advertising impacts the transition from traditional Mediterranean diet to processed foods

Study reveals key process by which plants switch between different stress responses

Study reveals key process by which plants switch between different stress responses

Inherited genetic variation plays a role in how patients respond to cancer immunotherapy

Inherited genetic variation plays a role in how patients respond to cancer immunotherapy

Increases in active mobility can significantly lower carbon footprints, study reveals

Increases in active mobility can significantly lower carbon footprints, study reveals

School-based gardening improves vegetable intake among children

School-based gardening improves vegetable intake among children

Cancer survivors face barriers in maintaining a healthy diet

Cancer survivors face barriers in maintaining a healthy diet

Researchers identify a new compound for creating a new class of diabetes drugs

Researchers identify a new compound for creating a new class of diabetes drugs

Study shows why obese mothers tend to have children susceptible to metabolic diseases

Study shows why obese mothers tend to have children susceptible to metabolic diseases

Pillar-like molecules could be used as biosensors to detect metabolites

Pillar-like molecules could be used as biosensors to detect metabolites

Research uncovers gut microbes associated with lower risks of common conditions

Research uncovers gut microbes associated with lower risks of common conditions