As a substantial public health crisis, obesity – and its host of comorbid cardiometabolic conditions – continues to demand improved prevention efforts and treatment methods to deter its rapidly increasing prevalence. While rates of obesity continue to rise and patients increasingly suffer from diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other related health complications, ongoing growth within the field of obesity research aims to uncover efficacious therapies to combat this epidemic.
The prevalence of childhood obesity in the United States is at an all-time high, putting an increasing amount of young Americans at risk for a host of cardiometabolic conditions. Approximately 13.7 million children and adolescents in the nation are obese, with Hispanic and non-Hispanic black children disproportionately affected. New research aims to identify potential risk factors which could be modified to promote early intervention and decrease the incidence of childhood obesity and its long-term complications.