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A major public health crisis both nationally and internationally, childhood obesity is on the rise.

Directly associated with adult obesity, childhood obesity can affect someone’s health for the rest of their life and has been linked to numerous health problems. In order to take preventative action, a solid understanding of the causes and consequences of this problem is vital.

Here at Penn State’s Center for Childhood Obesity Research, we conduct important research that provides the evidence base needed to develop successful childhood obesity prevention and treatment programs. Focused primarily on programs that prevent the development of obesity during the first years of life, the Center puts much time and effort into exploring and addressing one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century.

With over $800 million in annual research expenditures, Penn State ranks among the top 20 U.S. research universities, and is one of only two institutions in the nation accorded land grant, sea grant, sun grant, and space grant status.

As researchers, we look to serve our community, both locally and globally, with innovative breakthroughs and significant discoveries that create change for the better.

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