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Obesity and diabetes

Obesity is a health problem of epidemic proportions and is estimated to affect over 300 million adults worldwide.Twenty per cent of the adult population is currently classed as obese compared to 6-8 per cent in 1980 (Erens and Primatesta, 1999). Alarmingly, 10 per cent of six-year-olds and 17 per cent of 15-year-olds are also affected. Obesity can be defined simply as an excess storage of body fat. The Body Mass Index (BMI) is currently accepted as an appropriate index to clinically ...

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