Normal and Therapeutic Nutrition 3(2+1)
Lesson 31:Over weight and Obesitycauses, symptoms and dietary management


One of the most common problems related to lifestyle today is overweight. Severe overweight or obesity is a key risk factor in the development of many chronic diseases such as heart and respiratory diseases, non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus or Type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension and some cancers, as well as early death.

Obesity and overweight are serious problems that pose a huge and growing financial burden on national resources. However, the conditions are largely preventable through sensible lifestyle changes.

Obesity: is a condition characterized by excess body fat, usually defined as weighing 20% above desirable weight.
Over weight
is a condition where the body weight is 10-20 per cent greater than the mean standard weight for age, height and sex.

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