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As the world searches for better systems for improving health at a more sustainable cost, the global epidemic of obesity—what some call globesity—is high on the list of targets. The U.S. Surgeon General reports two-thirds of American adults and nearly one in three children are overweight or obese. Of particular relevance to Arizona, 70 percent of American Indian/Alaskan Native adults fall into the at-least-overweight category. Obesity is linked to a worldwide rise in type 2 diabetes and is exerting a negative impact on healthcare systems and economic productivity across this country.
Obesity Solutions is a transdisciplinary project in partnership with Mayo Clinic, ASU researchers, and other universities, communities, businesses and government organizations to identify, test and share innovative ways of addressing obesity.The initiative, headed by President's Professor Alexandra Brewis Slade from ASU's School of Human Evolution and Social Change and Mayo Clinic Professor Dr.James Levine, includes studies ranging from research on body weight regulation and gut microorganisms by Professor Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment to the science of exercise by Professor Glenn Gaesser in the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion.