Cardiovascular disease and obesity
Obesity has become a public health problem in France: 10% of the population is currently obese and around 20% of children are overweight. One person in five will be obese in 2020. Obesity lies at the root of cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, diabetes, etc. These illnesses are appearing in people much younger than those who are usually affected. Beyond the factors related to lifestyle and diet, genetic determinants appear to play a decisive role in obesity, hence the substantial support provided by the Fondation de France to fight these diseases.