Many parents and doctors need better information on how to prevent obesity. What can help today’s children — and tomorrow’s adults — avoid obesity-related problems such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer? What can a mom do before and during pregnancy to help her child enjoy lifelong health? Research in our Division of Endocrinology is focused on finding answers in this important, emerging field.
Our specialists are looking at fetal origins of disease. We want to know more about how metabolism is programmed, especially by abnormal conditions in the mother’s body. Creating a healthier environment for the short time in the womb may be easier than applying weight loss and exercise strategies throughout life.