Overweight and obesity

As discussed in section 5.2, if the intake of metabolic fuels (in other words the total intake of food) is greater than is required to meet energy expenditure, the result is storage of the excess, largely as triacylglycerols in adipose tissue. This chapter is concerned with the problems associated with excessive accumulation of body fat: overweight and obesity.

After reading this chapter you should be able to:

  • explain what is meant by desirable body weight, calculate body mass index and determine whether it is within the desirable range or not;
  • describe the methods that are available to determine body fat content;
  • describe the health hazards associated with overweight and obesity;
  • explain the cause and treatment of obesity.
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