The challenge of obesity
Obesity is a rapidly growing public health challenge, and it is becoming one of the main health problems in the world with high societal and individual costs.
We know that to fully unravel the challenge of the obesity epidemic, we must take into account the obesogenic environment, the obese citizens and the way society and individuals address obesity combining insights from different scientific disciplines. By combining social sciences and humanities with clinical research, physical activity, nutrition, biomedical sciences and epidemiology, we will be able to answer new questions and thereby securing new findings, solutions and greater impact in obesity research.
In the following video, we introduce you to the challenge of obesity and show how the interplay between different scientific disciplines can deliver new solutions for Governing Obesity.
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Definition of obesity
Body mass index (BMI) is defined as a person's weight in kilograms divided by the square of his height in meters (kg/m2). It should be considered a rough guide.
The WHO definition is:
- a BMI greater than or equal to 25 is overweight
- a BMI greater than or equal to 30 is obesity