Estimating the association between overweight and risk of disease

Obesity is associated with an increased risk of multiple health problems, including several of the major causes of death and disability in the developed world: cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some of the most common cancers.

Exactly how much of a contribution does obesity make to these diseases? As a contribution to the European Union-funded project on modelling the consequences of obesity (along with the consequences of alcohol consumption and tobacco use) known as Dynamo-HIA the International Association for the Study of Obesity provided a rapid review of the strength of the associations between excess weight and a number of disease outcomes.

Click here to visit DYNAMO Health impact of obesity on the IASO pages.