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PhD defence

Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome: From Clinical to Public Health Perspectives. Results from population-based studies of the Dutch and the Indonesian populations

  • F.S. Sigit
Tuesday 29 March 2022
Academy Building
Rapenburg 73
2311 GJ Leiden


  • Prof. F.R. Rosendaal


Overweight and obesity are abnormal or excessive body fat accumulation that presents a risk to health. The World Health Organisation defines overweight and obesity with the Body Mass Index (BMI) classification, which is a measure of a person’s weight in kilograms (kg) divided by the square of height in meters (m2). Overweight is defined as a BMI of 25 kg/m2 or higher, whereas obesity is defined as a BMI of 30 kg/m2 or higher. It is estimated that one of every three individuals in the global population has overweight. The prevalence of obesity is increased threefold from 1975 to 2016, with a faster-growing pace in low- and middle-income countries than high-income countries. 

One common complication of obesity is the metabolic syndrome, which is defined as the co-occurrence of at least three out of five cardiometabolic abnormalities (abdominal obesity, hypertension, hyperglycaemia, hypertriglyceridemia, and low HDL-cholesterol). The metabolic syndrome is a strong risk factor for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, and is considered a pathway from obesity to the cardiometabolic diseases occurrence. Thus, if metabolic syndrome or its components are identified and treated early, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases may be prevented. In this multi-ethnic global population, it is well-established that different ethnic populations have different cardiometabolic risks. Studies have shown that Asian populations develop cardiometabolic complications earlier at the same amount of adiposity as the Western populations.

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Approximately one week after the defence, PhD dissertations by Leiden PhD students are available digitally through the Leiden Repository, that offers free access to these PhD dissertations. Please note that in some cases a dissertation may be under embargo temporarily and access to its full-text version will only be granted later.

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