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Our research group has been studying the causes and consequences of childhood obesity for over 20 years. I have put together this web-site to share our findings. The banner at the top of this page summarizes a major focus of our research. The picture shows 2 MRI scans of the abdomen from 2 overweight teenagers. The main difference is that the one on the right has excessive accumulation of fat in the liver (the large organ on the left of the image which is showing up as yellow, indicating high fat content of the liver). Why does one teenager get fatty liver, and not the other, and how does this affect disease risk both in the short term during childhood and the long-term into adulthood? Our research aims to discover how the body regulates where excess fat is deposited, how increased body fat affects our health, and how this is all regulated during growth and development and across different segments of the population. Our group is very interested in understanding the mechanism linking fat accumulation to risk of diabetes, heart disease, fatty liver disease and certain cancers, and most importantly, how this can be reversed with novel interventions that we are designing and testing. Also, another major focus of our research is to understand the role of dietary sugar and high fructose corn syrup on obesity and metabolic in children. You can read a synopsis of this work in my Editorial piece "How Growing Up Sweet Can Turn Sour". I hope you find this site helpful, and as always, I appreciate feedback and comments.

Dietary Sugars and Health - click for more info    Childhood Obesity - click for more info

Professor of Preventive Medicine; Physiology and Biophysics; and Pediatrics.

The Dr Robert C and Veronica Atkins Endowed Chair in Childhood Obesity and Diabetes.

Co-Director of the USC Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute

Director, Childhood Obesity Research Center (CORC).

Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California.



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