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.
Keep Your Weight In Check During The Holidays

Keep Your Weight In Check During The Holidays

A time for giving and receiving, getting closer with the ones we love and marking the end of another year and all the eating also. We eat because the food is yummy and plentiful but we don't usually count calories at this time of year. This book will help you do just this.

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