Chapter 5. Obesity and Diabetes

  1. Dr Jean-Marie Ekoé Professor of Medicine Faculty of Medicine member recipient principal investigator co-investigator Chairman2,
  2. Dr Marian Rewers principal investigator Core director Program Chair Chair3,
  3. Rhys Williams Dean of Medicine Professor of Clinical Epidemiology chair Vice President Editor-in-Chief member visiting consultant4 and
  4. Paul Zimmet Director Hon. Professor Officer5
  1. Rachel Huxley,
  2. Abdullah Omari and
  3. Ian D. Caterson

Published Online: 11 SEP 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470779750.ch5

The Epidemiology of Diabetes Mellitus, Second Edition

The Epidemiology of Diabetes Mellitus, Second Edition

How to Cite

Huxley, R., Omari, A. and Caterson, I. D. (2008) Obesity and Diabetes, in The Epidemiology of Diabetes Mellitus, Second Edition (eds J.-M. Ekoé, M. Rewers, R. Williams and P. Zimmet), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470779750.ch5

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Endocrinologie, Métabolisme et Nutrition, Centre de Recherche du CHUM, Montreal, Canada

  2. 3

    Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO, USA

  3. 4

    Clinical Epidemiology at the School of Medicine, University of Swansea, Swansea, UK

  4. 5

    International Diabetes Institute Caulfield, Victoria, Australia

Author Information

  1. The George Institute and the Human Nutrition Unit, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 SEP 2008
  2. Published Print: 19 SEP 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470017272

Online ISBN: 9780470779750



  • obesity and diabetes - causally linked;
  • BMI and diabetes relationship;
  • Asia-Pacific Cohort Studies Collaboration;
  • BMI and diabetes - age dependent;
  • central adiposity and CVD risk;
  • high-energy diets and low level physical activity;
  • low social class and risk obesity;
  • fetal-origins hypothesis;
  • Finnish Diabetes Prevention Study (DPS)


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction: Defining Obesity

  • Epidemiological Trends in Obesity

  • Obesity and Diabetes are Causally Linked

  • Attributable Burden of Diabetes due to Excess Weight

  • Age and Regional Variation in the Association between Obesity and Diabetes

  • Central Obesity Versus BMI as a Predictor of Diabetes

  • Physiological Mechanisms Mediating Excess Weight with Diabetes

  • Other Key Risk Factors for Obesity and Diabetes

  • Impact of Social Class on Obesity

  • Early Life Environment and the ‘Programming’ Hypothesis

  • The Increasing Global Burden of Diabetes and Obesity

  • Global Burden of Diabetes

  • Does Weight Loss Improve Diabetic Outcomes? Evidence from Randomized Trials