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revised July 26, 2007

State of the Region's Health 2005

Arrow BulletChapter 1 - Overweight and Obesity – an Overview

  • In many parts of the world, rates of obesity have risen over the past 20 years, resulting in significant public health implications.

  • A variety of elements, including individual behaviours, environmental factors, and genetic characteristics, play a role in obesity.

  • Obesity and overweight in adulthood are associated with a decrease in life expectancy and increase in early mortality.

  • Overweight and obese individuals are at increased risk of a number of health conditions.

Chapter 1 - Overweight and Obesity – an Overview (PDF 4 pages, 84KB)

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