Obesity Prevention Initiative
The Mailman Obesity Prevention Initiative provides leadership, organizational support, and coordination to foster new scientific approaches to population-level obesity research. Our goal is to discover evidence for effective societal approaches for obesity prevention. Our mission is to:
- Create interdisciplinary working groups to synthesize and evaluate the existing evidence base and identify inferences, knowledge gaps, and, most importantly, future directions to stop the epidemic
- Integrate the multiple factors of different scientific systems to identify and address the drivers, determinants, and solutions of energy imbalance and excess weight gain
- Develop what is necessary, what is sufficient, and what investments are needed to present a meaningful return on investment
- Sustain research and engage the community and policymakers within and beyond public health, forming coalitions that develop effective solutions
- Foster collaborative research, expand infrastructure, partner with outside organizations, and generate training opportunities
- Establish the Mailman School as a go-to knowledge hub—a center of excellence—and a leader in obesity prevention at the population level
Faculty and Staff
Given our strengths in research and practice, we will lead efforts toward interdisciplinary, systems-oriented approaches to obesity prevention.
We have formed multidisciplinary working groups to study a number of issues pertinent to strengthening ties between research, policy, and practice.