Obesity

The NIH supports obesity research across the lifespan, examining the causes and consequences of obesity, developing and evaluating new prevention and treatment strategies, and determining how to implement and expand promising approaches to reach those who could most benefit.

Resources for Researchers

Explore databases and tools for obesity research.

Cancer Trends Progress Report: Weight

National data trends that examine obesity prevention and reducing the risk of certain types of cancer, and improving cancer outcomes.

Catalogue of Surveillance Systems

Access to over 100 publicly available datasets relevant to childhood obesity research, including obesity-related health behaviors, outcomes, and determinants; and policies and environmental factors.

Measures Registry

User guides to help researchers select measures for studies in obesity among youth, including an overview of measurement, principles of measurement selection, case studies, and resources.

Registry of Studies

A searchable database of community-based studies assessing known factors impacting rates of childhood obesity, providing information on the study design, measures, content areas, and populations examined.

Funding

Interested in funding opportunities or planning to submit an application in obesity research? Use these tools to find what you need:

NIH Institutes/Centers and Federal Partner Activities

Many NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) are active in obesity research and may be helpful starting points as you plan your research or if you’re exploring the latest work in a specific area. Because ICs and other federal agencies may have several ongoing obesity programs and projects, we encourage you to use the links provided to find the most up-to-date information, including how to contact any program officials who may be able to address your specific questions.