Consequences and comorbidities associated with obesity

Ghouri, N. , Clifton, P., Craigie, A. M., Anderson, A. S., Christensen, P., Waters, L., Williams, C., Lo Coco, G. and Ricciardelli, L. A. (2018) Consequences and comorbidities associated with obesity. In: Hankey, C. and Whelan, K. (eds.) Advanced Nutrition and Dietetics in Obesity. Series: Advanced nutrition and dietetics (BDA). John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, pp. 39-84. ISBN 9780470670767 (doi: 10.1002/9781118857991.ch2)

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This chapter reviews the importance of diabetes as a major complication of obesity, starting with examining the epidemiological relationship between diabetes and obesity. It is clear from the epidemiological data reported that obesity is strongly associated with onset and, in particular, the premature onset, of type 2 diabetes. However, in established heart disease and heart failure, obesity is associated with lower mortality. The chapter considers the epidemiological evidence linking adiposity with the development of cancer, and describes the proposed mechanisms by which excess body fat may impact on cancer risk. The global prevalence of osteoarthritis continues to rise, both because of an ageing population as well as because of the current obesity epidemic, with obesity in the elderly becoming an increasing problem. The chapter explains individual psychosocial factors and views them as part of a vicious circle, including personal beliefs. The combination of binge eating and obesity is particularly problematic with regard to comorbidity and risk.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ghouri, Dr Nazim
Authors: Ghouri, N., Clifton, P., Craigie, A. M., Anderson, A. S., Christensen, P., Waters, L., Williams, C., Lo Coco, G., and Ricciardelli, L. A.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Cardiovascular & Metabolic Health
Journal Name:Advanced Nutrition and Dietetics in Obesity
Publisher:John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Published Online:24 November 2017

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