Adipokines in health and disease

Rexford S. Ahima, Marcus D. Goncalves

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Obesity has become a major public health problem [1]. It is currently estimated that more than 1.6 billion adults worldwide are overweight [body mass index (BMI) >25] and 400 million are obese (BMI >30). The incidence of obesity in children is also very high [1]. The obesity epidemic is attributed mainly to excessive intake of foods rich in fat and sugar, and lack of exercise [1]. Obesity increases the risk of diabetes, hypertension, coronary artery disease, sleep apnea, cancer, and various diseases; therefore, there is enormous interest in understanding the pathogenesis of obesity [1, 2].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMetabolic Basis of Obesity
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9781441916068
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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