Obesity represents one of our greatest public health challenges. More than one-third of American adults are overweight and another third is obese. As a result, the majority of Americans are at risk for or already suffer from a number of significant, weight-related health problems including heart disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes mellitus, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, and several forms of cancer.
The problem is not limited to adults, as a large number of children and adolescents are overweight or obese. Some are beginning to experience significant health issues once believed to be only seen in adults. Obesity has an undeniable negative impact on health care costs as well as the well-being and quality of life of individuals throughout our country.
A particular focus of the Center is obesity among children, adolescents, and adults of lower socioeconomic status, with whom obesity is more prevalent. Specific areas of research focus include:
- Early life influences on obesity risk
- The development of eating behavior during infancy and early childhood
- The role of sleep in the development of childhood obesity
- Obesity prevention and treatment for low-income children, including in childcare and educational settings
- Psychosocial determinants of weight change among women during and after pregnancy
- The delivery of weight loss interventions in medical settings
- The treatment of obesity with pharmacotherapy and surgical interventions
CORE faculty also are dedicated to education and training, regularly serving as instructors to undergraduate and medical students, serving as directors of research projects for Masters and Doctoral degrees, and mentoring junior faculty members from a number of fields which intersect with obesity. Faculty members regularly serve as invited speakers and visiting faculty at conferences and institutions around the world; and are dedicated to community outreach, regularly forming partnerships and providing educational activities to groups throughout Philadelphia and the region.