Researchers have discovered that approximately 1 percent of West Africans, African Americans and others of African ancestry carry a genomic variant that increases their risk of obesity, a finding that provides insight into why obesity clusters in families. (National Human Genome Research Institute)
This open-access article sought to determine if evidence exists for a lasting effect of the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) lifestyle intervention on activity levels by comparing objectively collected activity data between the DPP Outcome Study (DPPOS) cohort and adults from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES; 2003-2006). (American Journal of Preventive Medicine)
The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) has launched four Measures Registry User Guides to help childhood obesity researchers and practitioners choose appropriate measures for their research and evaluation efforts. The four User Guides focus on core areas of childhood obesity research: individual diet, food environment, individual physical activity, and physical activity environment. (National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR))
This report presents results for consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages among U.S. adults aged 20 and over for 2011-2014 by sex, age, and race and Hispanic origin. (National Center for Health Statistics, CDC (NCHS))
The mission of CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity is to lead strategic public health efforts to prevent and control obesity, chronic disease, and other health conditions though regular physical activity and good nutrition. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
The Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center (BNORC) provides resources and support for studies in the area of obesity and nutrition. The site provides access to research, events, and information about the Institute's activities around obesity and nutrition.
A nonpartisan policy, resource and technical assistance center with a history of developing school-connected strategies for better health and education outcomes for children. CHHCS partners with foundations, government health and education agencies, school districts, and providers across the country to support their school-connected initiatives. (Center for Health and Health Care in Schools (CHHCS), George Washington University, Milken Institute School of Public Health)
A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program that supports research on environmental and policy strategies with potential to promote healthy eating among children, especially those most at risk for obesity. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))
NACCHO, in cooperation with the CDC, seeks to address issues related to the obesity endemic in the United States and develop interventions through evidence-based, cost-effective strategies which can have a significant impact on our nation's health. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))
The Obesity Society is a leading scientific society dedicated to the study of obesity, committed to encouraging research on the causes and treatment of obesity, and to keeping the medical community and public informed of new advances.
The Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity is a non-profit research and public policy organization devoted to improving the world's diet, preventing obesity, and reducing weight stigma. (University of Connecticut)
The Texas Obesity Research Center fosters local community collaborations to develop state-of-the-art obesity prevention and control methodologies through cross sectional and longitudinal research investigating psychosocial, environmental and biologic determinants of obesity and its consequences. (University of Houston)
The University of Minnesota Obesity Prevention Center provides leadership and coordination at the local, national, and international level for multidisciplinary research, policy, and education that focuses on understanding and responding to the pernicious epidemic of excessive weight gain and obesity. (University of Minnesota)
The European Association for the Study of Obesity aims to promote research on obesity, facilitate contact between individuals and organizations, and promote action that tackles the epidemic of obesity.
IASO is an umbrella organization for obesity associations from over 50 countries. It works to improve global health by promoting the understanding of obesity and weight-related diseases through scientific research, dialogue, and the development of effective policies for obesity prevention and management.
*Archived content* This collection of educational resources contains information and commentary on discoveries of genetic variants, related disease outcomes, and the complex social, legal, and ethical issues surrounding genetic discoveries related to obesity. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
The Food Nutrition Information Center provides a wealth of knowledge on the topic of obesity, including general information and resources, treatment and prevention timelines, evaluating weight control programs, practical healthy weight control, adolescent and childhood obesity and non-diet approaches, and more. (Food and Nutrition Information Center, National Agricultural Library (FNIC))
The Obesity Treatment and Prevention Program supports research on the prevention and treatment of overweight and obesity across the lifespan. Research focuses on critical periods for excess weight gain or high-risk populations. (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH (NIDDK))
Provides the general public, health professionals, the media, and Congress with up-to-date, science-based information on weight control, obesity, physical activity, and related nutritional issues. (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH (NIDDK))
Report outlines the successes made during the past eight years to improve nutrition and physical activity in the United States. Importantly, it also outlines several paths to continue this progress. (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, HHS (ODPHP))
Comprehensive set of policies, programs, and initiatives that aim to increase physical activity in all segments of the American population. The Plan is the product of a private-public sector collaborative to allow more Americans to realize the recommendations made in the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. (National Physical Activity Plan Alliance)
The guidelines identify the most effective policies and practices schools can implement to help young people adopt and maintain healthy eating habits and a physically active lifestyle. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
This report offers a framework for assessing studies on trends in obesity for policy making and program planning purposes; it recommends ways decision makers can move forward in assessing and interpreting reports on obesity trends. (National Academy of Medicine (NAM))
Database of studies from the world over that utilize a variety of designs to explore the association between obesity with sedentary behavior. (Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre) UK)
Provides dynamic, pre-formulated PubMed/MEDLINE searches for selected Healthy People 2010 objectives on nutrition and overweight so that current information and evidence-based strategies are easier to find. (National Library of Medicine (NLM) U.S., Public Health Foundation (PHF))
The International Journal of Obesity provides an international, multi-disciplinary forum for the study of obesity. Table of contents and abstracts are available for free; full text articles by subscription only.
A variety of tools and resources from national organizations and experts to help state teams in the ASTHO Million Hearts Learning Collaborative implement evidence-based change strategies to improve blood pressure control. (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO))
A listing of research articles on obesity-related topics. Abstracts and selected articles are available for free; majority of full text articles available by subscription only. (New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) US)
Annual reports from 2004 to present that provide state rankings of adult obesity, interactive maps, and strategies to reduce obesity at the state and local level. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), Trust for America's Health (TFAH))
Six one-hour workshops that include lesson plans, learning objectives, talking points, hands-on activities, and handouts. The workshops are designed for community educators, health promoters, dietitians/nutritionists, cooperative extension agents, and others to teach to adults in a wide variety of community settings. (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, HHS (ODPHP))
Comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams.
Interactive after-school education program for young people ages 11 to 13. It is designed to help teach them about the complex media world around them, and how it can affect their health, especially in the areas of nutrition and physical activity. (Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH (NICHD))
Nationwide quality improvement initiative that brings together public health, primary care and other community sectors (such as schools, parks, agriculture, housing, transportation and business), for the prevention and treatment of individuals with overweight and obesity. (National Initiative for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ))
Publications, archived webinars, state case studies, and other resources to support implementation of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO))
National education program designed to give parents, caregivers, and entire communities a way to help children 8 to 13 years old stay at a healthy weight. The program provides tools, fun activities, and more to help encourage healthy eating, increased physical activity, and reduced screen time. (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH (NHLBI))
Collection of articles, educational materials, and other information resources on the topic of childhood obesity for educators and researchers. (Food and Nutrition Information Center, National Agricultural Library (FNIC))
Issue brief that describes the childhood obesity epidemic and discusses the emergence of chronic disease in children, specifically diabetes and hypertension. The issue brief also identifies strategies and resources to help local health departments (LHDs) address this public health challenge in their communities. Free registration is required for access. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))
Maternal and Child Health Library, Georgetown University A selection of current, high-quality resources about the identification, prevention, management, and treatment of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents.
A series of seven case studies on successful campaigns to increase physical activity throughout the nation. These new resources tell the stories of state- and local-level campaign wins for active transportation funding, Safe Routes to School, Complete Streets, shared use, and environmental justice policies. (American Heart Association)
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is dedicated to reversing America's childhood obesity epidemic and to advancing changes in public policy, community environments, and industry practices to ensure that all children across the nation have opportunities to achieve a healthy weight. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))
Healthy eating and physical activity toolkits to promote healthy lifestyles for children. Site also links to grant opportunities related to child obesity, nutrition, and physical activity. (American Heart Association, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))
Maps depicting the prevalence of obesity for all U.S. states based on Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data. The site also provides obesity data maps by state and territory, PowerPoint slides, and information about the data methodology and previous years. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
The Catalogue provides one-stop access to a large number of systems, which provide a unique window on obesity-related policies and environmental factors as well as trends in relevant health behaviors, outcomes, and determinants. (National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR))
The Measures Registry User Guides are designed to: provide overviews of measurements, describe general principles of measurement selection, present case studies to walk researchers through selecting appropriate measures, and direct researchers to additional resources and sources of useful information. Measurement user guides are available for individual diet, food environment, individual physical activity, and physical activity environment. (National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR))
The NCCOR Measures Registry is a searchable database of diet and physical activity measures relevant to childhood obesity research. The purpose of this registry is to promote the consistent use of common measures and research methods across childhood obesity prevention and research at the individual, community, and population levels. (National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR))
Analysis of obesity rates based on data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). This resource includes interactive maps, data snapshots of state obesity rankings, and policy approaches for preventing and reducing obesity. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), Trust for America's Health (TFAH))
Practice policy statements, public policy statements, position statements, and patient education statements consistent with scientific principles of the discipline of preventive medicine. (American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM))
Joint use is a way to increase opportunities for children and adults to be more physically active. It refers to two or more entities - usually a school and a city or private organization - sharing indoor and outdoor spaces like gymnasiums, athletic fields and playgrounds. (Prevention Institute)
The National Health Policy Forum was a participant-driven, nonpartisan information exchange program that works to foster more informed government decision making. It has closed its doors. This website will remain available until December 31, 2018 (George Washington University)
The legislation database tracks state and federal policies related to obesity and diet-related diseases in issue areas including access to healthy food, breastfeeding, farms and gardens, school nutrition and physical activity, food assistance programs, marketing/advertising to children, menu and package labeling, and food and beverage taxes. (UConn Health)
Funding to support research to evaluate large scale policies or programs related to healthcare delivery that are expected to influence diabetes prevention and care. This FOA is not intended to support the initiation and delivery of new policies or programs. (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH (NIDDK))
Funding to encourage research applications to develop and pilot test approaches to improve diabetes and obesity prevention and/or treatment that are adapted for implementation in healthcare settings where individuals receive routine medical care. (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH (NIDDK))
Funding to encourage research applications to test innovative approaches to improve diabetes and obesity prevention and/or treatment that are adapted for implementation in healthcare settings where individuals receive their routine medical care. (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH (NIDDK))
This website provides links to funding opportunities generated by NCCOR members and others, such as universities and nonprofit organizations (National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR))
Education and training opportunities are essential in developing obesity interventions. TRAIN, the nation's premier learning management network for public health professionals and volunteers, offers local, state, and national trainings that can be used in developing obesity prevention and education initiatives. (Public Health Foundation (PHF))
March 29, 2017 & April 12, 2017. NCCOR is hosting a two-part Connect & Explore webinar series on the Measures Registry User Guides. On March 29, Connect & Explore will cover the Individual Diet and Food Environment Guides, followed by the Individual Physical Activity and Physical Activity Environment Guides on April 12. (National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR))