Published in Obesity and Diabetes Week, November 1st, 2004
An estimated 1.7 billion people worldwide are overweight or obese. Overweight is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or higher; obesity is defined as a BMI of 30 or higher; and morbid obesity as 40 or higher. Being obese is associated with a greater risk for type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke and asthma.
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