NIH Releases Ho-Hum Strategic Obesity Research Plan

May 13th, 2011 by MorganDowney Leave a reply »

On March 30, 2011, NIH released a new version of its Strategic Plan for Obesity Research. There isn’t anything particularly new in the plan. It is more or less a signal to researchers what the NIH expects to fund in the next few years.  As with earlier plans, this one lacks any sense of urgency in addressing and views most issues as interesting from a research point of view rather than fitting into a comprehensive strategy for obesity prevention and treatment. There is weak attention to the challenges of developing medicines to treat obesity, to the value of engaging obesity prevention/interventions on an international scale and to attacking obesity in  lower socioeconomic groups  and ethnically diverse communities most in need. In other words, it is largely academics talking to other academics. Nevertheless, it does an insight into the complexity of obesity which the policy-makers who spout the diet-and-exercise line would do well to read. Strategic Plan for NIH Obesity Research