While food has long been known to influence and improve human health, recent scientific advances and nutritional innovations in food product development have aided the development of designer foods with increased concentrations of bioactive food components (BFCs). The potential benefits, potential harms, and widespread consumer use of foods with bioactive components (sometimes called 'functional foods') are all of the great public health interest.

One-day conference focuses on the comprehensive prevention of obesity in children and adolescents. The conference will address model population/system-based interventions and direct client programs and services that are being implemented throughout the United States.

Nutrition and obesity remain some of the most interesting and yet controversial topics in biomedical research. Many groups have "stakes" in the game, many people have strong philosophical predilections and beliefs, and the public has a thirst for information in this area. Because of this, there is a cacophony of voices on these topics, and it is sometimes difficult to separate the sensible and empirically validated information from opinion, conjecture, and patent nonsense. Science is our best tool to make such essential discriminations, but to use science for this requires that we have a research record that is made public with the utmost fidelity.

Though possessing many advantages, many Antipsychotic drugs (APDs) have a major liability in their ability to promote adiposity, obesity, and metabolic dysregulation in an already metabolically vulnerable population. The past decade has witnessed substantial research efforts aimed at quantifying, understanding, preventing, and alleviating these adverse effects and our goal is to provide a scientific update of these findings and discuss future research needs.

A coordinated research program focusing on the developmental origins of obesity is not available at UAB. Our preliminary environmental assessment revealed a number of investigators across various schools, departments, and University-wide Centers.

The Southern Obesity Summit (SOS) provides a platform for collaborative action to address obesity in the South, which has the highest obesity rates and disparities in the country.

Advances in molecular biology continue to move the field of genetics to new horizons. No longer are we only concerned with SNP or microsatellite variation in nuclear DNA. A range of promising new technologies allows scanning of the entire human genome for new types of variations with accuracy and efficiency.

Caloric restriction (CR) retards aging in many species. Obesity increases the mortality rate in humans. Yet beyond this superficial commonality, the connections between these two phenomena are incompletely known. So too, the mechanisms behind obesity’s deleterious and CR’s salubrious effects are minimally known and almost certainly manifold.

Obesity is a serious condition that is associated with and believed to cause much morbidity, reduced quality of life, and decreased longevity. The most recent figures from the Centers for Disease Control indicate that obesity continues to increase in prevalence in the overall US population.