oa Journal of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes in South Africa - Health risks associated with obesity



Extracted from text ... JEMDSA 56 July 2005, Vol. 10, No. 2 Obesity is defined clinically as a state of increased body weight, more specifically of increased fat tissue mass. It is associated with increased fat cell size and number, and is usually followed by serious health consequences if not controlled. Body weight and the storage of energy as triglyceride in adipose tissue are determined by the interaction between genetic, metabolic, environmental, and psychological factors. These influences ultimately act by changing the balance between energy intake and expenditure.1 Obesity is a prevalent health hazard, both in developed and developing countries, and is associated ..


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