NIH Obesity Researchers to the Rescue
Obesity has become an epidemic in the United States that affects approximately one-third of adults and nearly 17 percent of children and teens. People who are obese are at increased risk for developing many serious health problems including diabetes, fatty liver disease, cardiovascular disease, and a reduced life expectancy. And obesity disproportionately affects racial- and ethnic-minority populations as well as those who are socioeconomically disadvantaged. The high prevalence of obesity is thought to result from the interaction of genetic susceptibility with behaviors and environmental factors that promote increased calorie intake and sedentary lifestyles. NIH funds and does research on all aspects of obesity. Here, we share highlights of a few of the NIH intramural researchers who are tackling the epidemic.
This page was last updated on Monday, May 2, 2022