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From genetics to bariatric surgery and soda taxes: Using all the tools to curb the rising tide of obesity

Obesity and overweight represent a significant healthcare burden, with increasing numbers of individuals suffering from the ill effects of these conditions globally. A complex interplay of socioeconomic, biological and cultural factors determine the risk of developing obesity and often exacerbate its metabolic effects downstream. The aim of PLOS Medicine's Special Issue on the determinants, consequences, prevention and treatment of obesity is to showcase research that contributes to our evolving understanding of how obesity affects our health and wellbeing.

In this month's Editorial, Guest Editor Sanjay Basu and Senior Editor Adya Misra discuss some of the published research in the special issue, highlighting the challenges and potential solutions to combat the rising tide of obesity.

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