A new era in obesity management

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Abstract

Obesity is not a new phenomenon, it’s as old as humanity itself. The Venus of Willendorf (Vienna, Austria) stands testimony to the recognition, and perhaps celebration, of (pathological) voluptuousness in the Palaeolithic era.

What is new, however, is the unimaginable scale of the obesity epidemic today. The World Health Organization estimates that, as of 2016, over 650 million adults (13%) globally had clinical obesity. The situation is worse in Western countries: 28% of adults in England and 42% in the USA have obesity.

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