Obesity and Overweight

Overweight and obesity are diseases in which a person’s weight, given their height, is too high and can cause health problems. Obesity carries greater health risks than having overweight.

NICHD is one of many federal agencies and NIH institutes working to understand overweight and obesity. NICHD supports and conducts research on the causes of excess weight, how to prevent and treat obesity, and related topics, including conditions caused by having obesity.

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