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We now know that obesity touches almost every aspect of a person’s health.

In addition to cardiovascular problems, obesity can increase the body’s susceptibility to cancer, lead to diabetes and contribute to a host of circulatory conditions. Obesity can compound orthopaedic, joint and spine problems that can have a long-term impact on quality of life.

Considering these serious health implications -- and the fact that obesity has become an American epidemic -- the University of Minnesota Medical School has made a commitment to combat the problem.

A team approach

Our experts take a multi-disciplinary approach, involving researchers from across our Academic Health Center. Together, they work to better understand the impact of obesity on the body -- opening the door to better treatments and preventions.

We're looking at interventions at every level: individuals, community organizations, health-care delivery systems, the environment, education, and public policy advocacy.


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New research from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and Masonic Cancer Center provides further evidence that maintaining normal body weight may reduce the risk of dying from colon cancer.


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The University of Minnesota has been awarded a $7 million federally-funded grant to tackle childhood obesity in a unique three pronged approach that focuses on parents of preschool children.

More Information

  • Study: Parenting unhealthy

    A new Medical School study finds that parenting is linked to poor diet and low physical activity.

  • Degree of obesity raises risk of stroke

    The higher a person’s degree of obesity, the higher their risk of stroke—regardless of race, gender and how obesity is measured, according to a new study.

  • Parents’ perceptions may cause disordered eating

    Comments made by mothers, in particular, were associated with numerous disordered eating behaviors.

  • Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D.

    Dianne Neumark-Sztainer’s research focuses on nutrition and the prevention of weight-related problems including eating disorders, obesity, and body dissatisfaction among adolescents.

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