New strategic plan for NIH obesity research seeks to curb epidemic – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. More than one-third of adults in the United States and nearly 17 percent of the nation’s children are now obese. This increases a person’s chance of developing many health problems, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers.
Collins: We know a fair amount about the science of obesity, but there's a lot more we need to know.
Narrator: Dr. Francis Collins is Director of the National Institutes of Health.
Collins: Certainly we know that heredity plays a role.
Narrator: He adds that research is starting to show the specific genes that are involved but that diet and exercise also play an enormous role. To learn more, visit www.obesityresearch.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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