The Strategic Plan for NIH Obesity Research is a multi-dimensional research agenda to enhance both the development of new research and the coordination of obesity research.
It emphasizes the importance of cross-cutting investigations and calls for interdisciplinary research teams to study the behavioral and environmental causes of obesity, as well as the genetic and biologic causes.
Director of the NIH, Dr Elias Zerhouni comments, "We are pleased about this focused effort to identify research opportunities in obesity".
"We are especially concerned about the serious problems we see emerging in overweight children".
"Many of these are problems that we used to see only in adults".
The Plan calls for intensifying efforts along several fronts:
- Behavioral and environmental approaches to modifying lifestyle to prevent or treat obesity.
- Pharmacologic, surgical and other medical approaches to effectively and safely prevent or treat obesity.
- Breaking the link between obesity and diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers.
- Research on special populations at high risk for obesity, including children, ethnic minorities, women and older adults.
- Translating basic science results into clinical research and then into community intervention studies.
- Disseminating research results to the public and health professionals.