We need to understand the causes and consequences of obesity and related diseases, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and chronic inflammation. We will develop and evaluate strategies to prevent obesity and related diseases. We will generate new information on both behavior and biology related to obesity prevention.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) and type 2 diabetes are major public health concerns. Nearly one-third of American adults have some form of CVD (1) while approximately 11% of adults have diabetes (2). Together these diseases account for over $600 billion annually in health care costs in the United States (3,4). Thus, ...