Obesity and Chronic Disease

Obesity has emerged as a major public health problem with links to major chronic disease and to diabetes, in particular.   This thematic group addresses obesity from a broad public health perspective that considers epidemiology, sociology, economics, and health policy. We are engaged in basic and applied research on the epidemiology of obesity across the lifespan, its association with diabetes, cardiovascular disease and CVD risk factors; BMI screening in schools; and community-based interventions, the latter with a focus on vulnerable populations.  Our research also focuses on the assessment of risk factors for obesity and chronic diseases, particularly those related to dietary practices and physical activity.

An Obesity Journal Club meets biweekly to critically review recent publications in the peer-reviewed literature.

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