Some important facts*:

  • Excess weight and obesity are responsible for about
    • 80% of cases of type 2 diabetes
    • 35% of cardiac disease cases
    • 55% of cases of hypertension
    • different types of cancer (colonic, renal, endometrial and breast)
  • Certain individual factors can also influence weight gain, such as genetics, psychosocial factors, stress and metabolism

*Source: WHO global info base