Obesity and associated disorders, of which incidences have increased dramatically worldwide in the last decades, give a serious threat to the current and future health of mankind on Earth. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 1 billion adults worldwide are overweight and 300 million are clinically obese, based on the body mass index (BMI) equal to or over 30 kg/m2 . Remarkably frightening is the similarly marked increase in obesity among children not only in Western countries, but also in the developing countries of the world [2,3]. Obesity is associated with many additional health problems, including increased risk of insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, nonalcoholic fatty liver, atherosclerosis, degenerative disorders such as dementia, some immune-mediated disorders like asthma, and certain cancers [4,5]. This cluster of obesity-related pathologies has also started to emerge in children at young ages, a manifestation that was implausible only a few decades ago.
|Title of host publication||Dietary Modulation of Cell Signaling Pathways|
|Number of pages||32|
|Publication status||Published - 2008 Jan 1|
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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)