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Our nation’s obesity problem has no single or simple solution. Obesity can lead to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers. Healthy eating patterns and regular physical activity help people achieve and maintain a healthy weight starting at an early age and continuing throughout life. CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) provides tools and resources to our national, state, and local partners to make healthy living easier for all people.


As the nation’s biomedical research agency, the NIH seeks to capitalize on recent scientific discoveries to propel new efforts to gain new insights into the factors contributing to obesity and to design and test strategies for prevention and treatment. The NIH supports a broad spectrum of obesity-related research, including studies of fundamental biologic processes that influence body weight; studies of behaviors and a range of environmental factors; clinical trials; and translational research. The challenges of today's obesity epidemic are daunting, yet the discoveries emanating from past and ongoing research investments offer unprecedented opportunities for new scientific research efforts to help meet these challenges.

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