Obesity and Overweight: For Researchers and Health Care Providers

  • Obesity Research at the National Institutes of Health
    The NIH seeks to identify genetic, behavioral, and environmental causes of obesity; understand how obesity leads to type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other serious health problems; and build on basic and clinical research findings to develop prevention and treatment strategies.
  • The Obesity Society External Web Site Policy
    The Obesity Society is the leading scientific society dedicated to the study of obesity. The Obesity Society encourages research on the causes and treatment of obesity and works to keep the medical community and public informed of new advances.
  • The Weight-control Information Network (WIN)
    WIN, a service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, provides the general public, health professionals, and others with up-to-date, science-based information on weight control, obesity, physical activity, and related nutritional issues.
  • Obesity Education Initiative (OEI)
    The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute launched the Obesity Education Initiative to help reduce the prevalence of overweight along with the prevalence of physical inactivity in order to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), overall morbidity and mortality from CHD, and the prevalence and severity of sleep apnea.
  • National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) External Web Site Policy
    NCCOR brings together leading research funders in a public-private collaboration to accelerate progress on reversing the epidemic of overweight and obesity among U.S. youth. The mission of NCCOR is to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and application of childhood obesity research, and to halt—and reverse—childhood obesity through enhanced coordination and collaboration.

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