HHS Strategic Plan, Fiscal Years 2007–2012 (Strategic Plan). Obesity

11/22/2015

Obesity is associated with numerous serious diseases, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, osteoarthritis, gallstones, breathing problems, and certain cancers. Type 2 diabetes, formerly viewed as a disease of older adults, has been increasingly reported among children.

NIH is exploring lifestyle-based approaches to obesity prevention, including behavioral or environmental interventions, in settings such as schools, communities, and homes. NIH will support at least two studies that will evaluate the effects on weight control of worksite interventions that include environmental components, and at least three studies will evaluate the effects of interventions delivered in primary care settings to treat and/or prevent obesity in children. Because maintenance of weight loss is a critical yet particularly difficult element of obesity treatment and prevention, NIH also will investigate novel ways to help individuals who have intentionally lost weight to keep the weight off for at least 2 years. Complementing these areas of investigation relevant to lifestyle interventions is research to evaluate the efficacy of different types of diets and physical activities.

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