About NIH Obesity Research
The health problem of obesity
Obesity has risen to epidemic levels in the U.S. Individuals with obesity may suffer devastating and costly health problems, face reduced life expectancy, and experience stigma and discrimination. The high prevalence of obesity likely results from a multitude of factors: inherent genetic and other biological traits that differ among individuals, environmental and socioeconomic factors, and behavioral factors--which may have both genetic and environmental influences. Obesity disproportionately affects people from certain racial and ethnic minority populations and those who are socio-economically disadvantaged.
The continued efforts of government and other organizations will be valuable toward reducing obesity, so that people can look forward to healthier lives
Role of the NIH in Addressing the U.S. Obesity Epidemic: Research Contributions
As the nation’s biomedical research agency, the NIH seeks to capitalize on recent scientific discoveries to propel new efforts to better understand the factors contributing to obesity and to design and test strategies for prevention and treatment. The NIH supports a broad spectrum of obesity-related research, including studies of fundamental biologic processes that influence body weight; studies of behaviors and a range of environmental factors; clinical trials; and translational research. The challenges of today's obesity epidemic are daunting, yet the discoveries emanating from past and ongoing research investments offer unprecedented opportunities for new scientific research efforts to help meet these challenges.
The NIH Obesity Research Task Force
Given the importance of the obesity epidemic as a public health problem, and its relevance to the missions of most of the NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices (ICs), the NIH Obesity Research Task Force was established to accelerate progress in obesity research across the NIH. The Task Force is co-chaired by the Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Dr. Griffin P. Rodgers; the Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Dr. Gary H. Gibbons; and the Acting Director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Dr. Catherine Y. Spong. Participants on the Task Force represent these and many other NIH ICs.
The following NIH components are represented on the Task Force:
Additional NIH Research Information Resources
Clinical Trials Related to Obesity
To search for information about clinical trials in human volunteers, including the
purpose of each trial, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more
details, please visit http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/
. Please note that some trials may not currently be enrolling volunteers. Please
also note that the ClinicalTrials.gov website offers different search options, including
focused searches for trials sponsored by the NIH and/or other agencies and organizations.
National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR)
To advance and accelerate progress in addressing childhood obesity in America, the National
Institutes of Health (NIH), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) formed the
National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR). NCCOR's mission is to
improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and application of childhood obesity research
through enhanced coordination and collaboration. For additional information about
NCCOR, please visit: http://www.nccor.org.
NIH Information on Federally-Funded Research Projects
The Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool (RePORT) - To enhance public accessibility
to reports, data, and analyses of NIH research activities, the Research Portfolio
Online Reporting Tool (RePORT) website gives the public a single access point to
quickly and easily find data, including information on NIH expenditures and the
results of NIH-supported research. For additional information visit: