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Tue September 24, 2013
Research On Obesity Enters New Phase At Arkansas Children’s Hospital
Researchers at Arkansas Children’s Hospital are continuing efforts to prevent childhood obesity.
Dr. Elisabet Borsheim is working with a team of six scientists to determine the ways metabolism, exercise, physiology, and nutrition affect weight gain.
“We are in the process of building a Physical Fitness Lab where we will study the influence of exercise on how carbohydrates, protein, and fat is handled in the body,” said Borsheim.
Through a thorough review of research findings, Borsheim says data could be used to curb negative health outcomes in children and adults, such as diabetes and other obesity-related illnesses.
“We are very excited about this possibility to contribute in this research field and valuable research can ultimately improve the quality of life for many people,” she said.
People of different ages will be asked to participate in the studies.
Borsheim says the prevalence of obesity has escalated in the past ten years and scientists with her team will try to determine the problems in metabolism that lead to the epidemic.