The Center for Obesity Research and Education (CORE) is a universitywide group of investigators dedicated to excellence in obesity research. Founded in 2006, its mission is to facilitate interdisciplinary research on the etiology, consequences, treatment and prevention of obesity.
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.