Obesity has become a global epidemic among all age groups. A number of countries have even experienced a notable shift from under- to over nutrition in youngsters or a double burden of both malnutrition and obesity. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines overweight and obesity as “abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health”. Worldwide, the impairment of health includes a number of diseases related to obesity causing death in at least 2.6 million people each year. The prevalence of childhood overweight and obesity is alarming and increasing at a faster rate than before. Globally, in 2005 approximately 1.6 billion individuals of the world population aged 15 years and older were overweight and at least 400 million adults were obese. By 2015, the WHO expects approximately 2.3 billion adults to be overweight and more than 700 million to be obese. By 2030, the global burden of obesity is projected to be a total of 3.3 billion obese adults.

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The studies presented in Chapter 3.1, 3.2, and 3.3 in this dissertation received support from Vodafone, the Netherlands and were funded by the Erasmus MC, Rotterdam - MRACE (Medical Research Advice Committee) grant No. 2006-26 and by Innovation Fund Insurances (Innovatiefonds Verzekeringen) grant No. 06-334. Financial support by the Department of Medical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, the Divison of Reproductive Medicine, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, and the Erasmus University, Rotterdam for the publication of this dissertation are gratefully acknowledged.
J. Passchier (Jan) , J.S.E. Laven (Joop)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

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