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Obesity 

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Obesity
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I. Sadaf Farooqi

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.1105

May 29, 2014: This chapter has been re-evaluated and remains up-to-date. No changes have been necessary.

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date: 23 May 2017

Obesity is defined as an excess of body fat that is sufficient to affect health adversely. It is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and some forms of cancer and is a serious medical disorder. In routine practice, body mass index (BMI) is most often used to define obesity in population studies and in the clinic: overweight, BMI 25 to 29.9 kg/m...

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