Treatments for Childhood Obesity

Carey Lumeng, M.D., Ph.D., lab

Carey Lumeng, M.D., Ph.D., pictured above left in the award-winning A. Alfred Taubman Biomedical Science Research Building, is studying links between obesity and inflammation that are major contributors to cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. And when obesity begins in children, as it does in more than 17 percent of all kids in the U.S., obesity-associated inflammation can build up over decades. The goal of Dr. Lumeng’s lab is to identify what triggers this inflammation and how to prevent it. He’s optimistic that new treatments and interventions can be developed to help improve children’s health and break the link between obesity and disease.