Obesity : Obesity And Overweight

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In the last 35 years, obesity has nearly doubled worldwide. According to the world health organisation (WHO), over 1.4 billion adults were overweight in 2008. More than 200 million men out of these were obese and just less than 300 million women were obese. Of the world’s population, countries holding 65% of the population have more deaths due to obesity than underweight. As a result of obesity, every year 2.8 million adults die from destructive consequential burdens like diabetes that has 44% of the deaths of the 2.8 million adults, 23% of deaths out of the 2.8 million were due to ischaemic heart disease, and 7% to 41% of deaths caused by particular cancer burdens. In 2011, over 40 million children less than 5 years old were classed as overweight. (World Health Organisation. 2015. Obesity and overweight. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs311/en/. [Accessed 04 June 15].) So what is obesity? An individual is classed as obese when their energy consumed is abnormal or excessive than the energy expended, with a body mass index (BMI) over 30 Kg/m2, which may impair health. Being obese leads to greater chances of developing a series of other diseases including; coronary heart disease and strokes which were the leading causes of death in 2008, type 2 diabetes, atherosclerosis, myocardial infarctions, several common forms of cancer, cardiovascular diseases and osteoarthritis. Other common health consequences include severe impact for morbidity,
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