Combating Obesity

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At the University of Minnesota we take a multidisciplinary approach to the issue of obesity. 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. 

Seeking concrete solutions to a costly problem

The negative health consequences of obesity are well documented. The condition can lead to heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and some forms of cancer. It’s also associated with poor mental health and reduced quality of life. Annual medical costs associated with obesity in America are now more than $140 billion.

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

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.

Discoveries leading to patient benefits

While it’s impossible to pinpoint a single reason behind the cause, University of Minnesota researchers propel the country’s understanding of obesity forward. Their work has led to profound patient benefits in University of Minnesota Physicians clinics throughout the state of Minnesota. 

Expertise across many factors leading to obesity

Within the School of Public Health, faculty expertise includes nutrition, physical activity, community, environmental and behavioral interventions and health policy.

Considering children and adolescents

Childhood obesity is a serious problem in the United States. It now affects 1 in 6 children and adolescents. A study from our School of Public Health has shown that behavioral and environmental factors play a role in obesity remission in adolescents.

Our School of Nursing also offers experts in the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity. Their work is helping curb childhood obesity in rural Minnesota, and has shown that promoting family meals holds promise for curbing childhood obesity.