Combating obesity

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Leveraging millions of dollars in federal, state and private grant funding, researchers from across the health sciences explore the factors behind the problem and seek concrete solutions.

By now, the negative health consequences of obesity are well documented. The condition leads to heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and some forms of cancer. Annual medical costs associated with obesity in America now hover above $140 billion.

The issue is clear. What’s less understood is how America will solve the problem.

At the University of Minnesota we take a multi-disciplinary approach to the issue. Leveraging millions of dollars in federal, state and private grant funding, researchers from across the health sciences explore the factors behind the problem and seek concrete solutions. 

Kids and PlantsAs these researchers propel the country’s understanding around the causes of obesity, their work has also led to profound patient benefits in University of Minnesota Physicians clinics throughout the state of Minnesota. Within the School of Public Health, faculty expertise includes nutrition, physical activity, community, environmental and behavioral interventions and health policy. Our School of Nursing also offers experts in the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity.

We don’t yet know the secret to combating obesity in this country. But thanks to University of Minnesota health sciences researchers, we’re getting closer to finding those answers.