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.


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