“Obesity, defined as a body mass index… or percentage body fat in excess, though clearly a threat to health and longevity, the impairment of function which characterise disease according to traditional definitions.”Obesity is officially classified as a disease under the World Health Organisation’s International Classification of Diseases. WHO said: “Obesity is a chronic disease, prevalent in both developed and developing countries, and affecting children as well as adults. Indeed it is now so common that that it is replacing the more traditional public health concerns, including under-nutrition and infectious disease, as one of the most significant contributors to ill health.”as a exception The Australian Government stops short of labelling obesity a disease. it is proved beyond doubt  that being overweight or obese is strongly associated with several chronic diseases including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers, and with mental health and eating disorders,.

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