Overweight and obesity are defined
as abnormal or excessive fat
accumulation that may impair health.
Globally, there are more than 1 billion
overweight adults, at least 300 million
of them clinically obese
Worldwide obesity has nearly doubled
More than 40 million children under the
age of five were overweight in 2011
Obesity is preventable.
OVERWEIGHT AND OBESITY ARE THE FIFTH LEADING RISK FOR
OVERWEIGHT AND OBESITY ARE LINKED TO MORE DEATHS
WORLDWIDE THAN UNDERWEIGHT
lack of physical
The Greeks were the first to recognize
obesity as a medical disorder.
Hippocrates wrote that "Corpulence is
not only a disease itself, but the
harbinger of others". The Indian
surgeon Sushruta (6th century BCE)
related obesity to diabetes and heart
disorders. He recommended physical
work to help cure it and its side
Obesity in pets is common in many countries.
Rates of overweight and obesity in dogs in the
United States range from 23 to 41% with
about 5.1% obese. Rates of obesity in cats
was slightly higher at 6.4%. In Australia the
rate of obesity among dogs in a veterinary
setting has been found to be 7.6%. The risk
of obesity in dogs is related to whether or not
their owners are obese; however, there is no
similar correlation between cats and their
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