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Literally, obesity means a condition characterized by excessive body fat. The body cannot store protein or carbohydrates , so the excess is converted to fat and stored. One pound of fat represents about 3,500 excess Calories. 

About 25% of the word population is overweight. But being obese is different from being overweight. An individual is considered obese when weight is 20% (25% in women) or more over the maximum desirable for their height. When the excess weight begins to interfere with vital functions such as breathing, it is considered morbid obesity . 

About 5 to 10% of children are obese. Between 13 and 23% of all adolescents are obese; 80% of obese teenagers are likely to grow into obese adults. 

Obesity will increase the risk of illness and death due to diabetes , stroke , coronary artery disease , and kidney and gallbladder disorders. The more overweight, the higher the risk becomes. Obesity has been implicated in increased incidence of some types of cancer . 

People make use of various means to loss superfluous fat, such as reduction diet and exercise program. Effective methods are continue to be taped by both modern science and Traditional Chinese Medicine researchers.


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