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What is Obesity?

In simple words, obesity is an excess of total body fat. It is the second most common factor of preventable death (after smoking). It has assumed almost epidemic proportions in the US and in Europe - almost a third of Americans or almost 60 million are obese and this includes 1 obese child among 5.

Often, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, gallstones, and hyperlipidemia are a result of obesity. It also leads to many other diseases like those affecting the coronary artery and degenerative joints diseases, psychosocial disability, and even some forms of cancer. This cancer primarily affects the rectum, the colon, as well as the prostate in males and the breast, the ovaries, the uterus, and the biliary tract in females.

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