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Obesity Research

During the past 20 years, obesity among adults has risen significantly in the United States. The latest data from the National Center for Health Statistics show that a third of U.S. adults 20 years of age and older—over 100 million people—are obese. This increase is not limited to adults, but has also affected young people. Among youth, 18 percent of children aged 6-11 years and 21 percent of teens aged 12–19 years are considered obese. These rates of obesity have substantial implications for Americans’ health. Being obese increases the risk of many diseases and health conditions, including: 1) High blood pressure (hypertension); 2) High cholesterol (dyslipidemia); 3) Type 2 diabetes; 4) Coronary heart disease (heart attack); 4) Stroke; 5) Gallbladder disease; 6) Arthritis; 7) Sleep apnea; and 8) Some cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon).

Although one of the national health objectives for the year 2020 is to reduce the prevalence of obesity among adults by 10 percent, current data indicate that the situation is not improving. Hopkins GIM faculty members are investigating obesity across the full range of its natural history and complications, as well as working to combat the epidemic by researching various strategies and interventions

Information about the faculty working in this research area and their projects is provided below.

 

Lawrence Appel, MD, MPH
C. David Molina, MD, MPH Professor of Medicine
Joint Appointments in Epidemiology, and International Health 
Director, Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research
Research Interests: Prevention of blood pressure-related cardiovascular and kidney diseases through pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic approaches, often nutrition-based    
To see publication abstracts: PubMed
 

Diane M. Becker, MPH, ScD
Professor of Medicine and Health Policy and Management
Director, Center for Family Studies in Cardiovascular Disease
Research Interests: Genetic epidemiology, health disparities, primary prevention, behavioral sciences, research design
To see publication abstracts: PubMed
 

Wendy Bennett, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Joint appointment in Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health
Core Faculty, Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research
Research interests: Obesity and pregnancy
To see publication abstracts: PubMed  
 

Jeanne M. Clark, MD, MPH, FACP
Frederick Brancati, MD Professor of Medicine
Joint Appointment in Epidemiology
Director, Division of General Internal Medicine
Core Faculty, Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research
Co-Principal Investigator, JHU site of the Look AHEAD Study
Research Interests: Fatty liver disease, bariatric surgery
To see publication abstracts: PubMed
 

Gail Daumit, MD, MHS
Associate Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Epidemiology, and Health Policy and Management
Associate Director, Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research
Research Interests: Obesity and mental illness
To see publication abstracts: PubMed
 

Kimberly Gudzune, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Core Faculty, Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research
Research interests: Obesity; social networks; patient-provider relationships; weight-loss interventions
To see publication abstracts: PubMed
 

Felicia Hill-Briggs, PhD, ABPP
Associate Professor of Medicine
Core Faculty, Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research
Research Interests: Behavioral medicine
To see publication abstracts: PubMed      
 

Mariana Lazo, MD, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology
Core Faculty, Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research
Research interests: Fatty liver disease, longitudinal studies, risk prediction
To see publication abstracts: PubMed
 

Nisa Maruthur, MD, MHS
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Co-Director, GIM Fellowship Program
Core Faculty, Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research
Research interests: Individualized medicine for the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes and obesity, pharmacogenomics of type 2 diabetes, comparative effectiveness
To see publication abstracts: PubMed    
 

Dhananjay (Jay) Vaidya, MBBS, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine
Research Interests: Statistics, vascular properties, gender differences and hormonal influences, randomized clinical trials
To see publication abstracts: PUBMED
 

H.C. (Jessica) Yeh, PhD 
Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology
Core Faculty, Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research
Research Interests: Methods in epidemiology and controlled trials, clinical research mentorship, diabetes and novel complications, obesity
To see publication abstracts: PubMed
 

J. Hunter Young, MD, MHS
Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology
Core Faculty, Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research
Research Interests: Obesity and high blood pressure
To see publication abstracts: PubMed


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