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Global Obesity Prevention Center

Increased physical activity for children could save billions
According to some of our Global Obesity Prevention Center's findings, if 100% of youth maintained an "active" physical activity level, $35 billion in direct medical costs would be saved. More Information
NEW webinar
Join the new BRIDGES webinar on Wednesday, July 20th from 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM EDT to learn more about how agent-based modeling can improve public health decision making More Information
WE'RE HIRING!
The Global Obesity Prevention Center is currently seeking professionals with a passion for systems science and public health. View Available Positions
GOPC Faculty Wins Policy Award
Dr. Joel Gittelsohn, Lead on GOPC's Baltimore Project, recently won the Lipitz Public Health Policy Fund Award in order to assess and understand the impact of required stock changes in small food stores in Baltimore City. More information
In the News

June 2016

Pilot Project Receives Over $2 Million in Additional Funding

Drones Could Be Cheaper Alternative To Delivering Vaccines in Developing World

First tobacco taxes, then sugar taxes. Is salt next?

Too Little Folate During Pregnancy Linked To Childhood Obesity

CDC's Zika Tally will Likely Never be Accurate because of Late Start

Banning Russia From The Olympics Helps Russian Athletes

Could Canceling The Olympics For Zika Do More Harm Than Good?

Fat Shaming Starts Early As Evidenced By 'Stuff Curry'

Muhammad Ali's Greatest Health Achievements

Would You Have Expected Prince To Have Died In An Elevator Of A Fentanyl Overdose?

May 2016

Senator Ben Cardin Shows The Urgency And Scientific Approach Needed For Zika

Urgent Need For Protection Against The World's Deadliest Animal

The Dirt On Swimming Pools And Hot Tubs

What’s really concerning about the discovery of an antibiotic-resistant bug (hint: it isn’t what you’ve heard)

Why Michelle Obama, others are championing more access to sports for kids

Getting Children More Physically Active Could Save Well Over $50 Billion

Senate To Vote On Zika Funding: Ten Things You Should Know

Do The Major FDA Nutrition Label Changes Go Far Enough?

Pharmacokinetics Could Save Maria Sharapova

Kim Kardashian's Post-Pregnancy Weight Loss Is Not 'Reality'

Serena Williams Shows Why You Should Not Eat Dog Food

Thank Your Mother For Your Health

6 Important Weight Loss Lessons From ‘The Biggest Loser’ Study

Very Profitable Nonprofit Hospitals...But Where Are The Profits Going?

Trump's And Sanders' Immigration Plans Would Shake The Biomedical World

April 2016

Highly Contagious Virus Sickens Nearly Million at High Cost

Norovirus, Deadly and Expensive: The Highly Contagious Stomach Bug Costs More Than $64 Billion a Year

Worldwide human and economic costs of norovirus are huge

The high cost of norovirus infections on the global community

Better to get your flu shot in the morning

A serious 'stomach flu': Norovirus costs billions of dollars of lost productivity

What Your Cravings Mean (And How to Rewire Them)

Don't Ignore This Potential Contributor To The Opioid Epidemic

What's The Evidence Behind Reports Of Prince's Percocet Overdose?

Current And Future Trends In Vending Machines

In Bizarre Video, Johnny Depp And Amber Heard Don't Seem To Understand Regulations And Risks

Prince's Death Highlights Misconceptions About The Flu

Johns Hopkins study shows coordinated effort can reduce CRE 75 percent

By Not Protecting Jeremy Lin, NBA Sends Wrong Messages To Children

Hunger hormone could be key to weight loss; procedure aims to block it

Simulating the Impact of an Urban Farm Tax Credit Policy in a Low Income Urban Setting

March 2016

How Did Martin Shkreli Ever Become A Pharmaceutical CEO?

2016’s Fattest Cities in America

Batman V Supergirl: Dawn Of Optimism?

Grocery Stores Taking More Active Roles in Health Promotion

Automating Daily Tasks Could Be Bad For Your Health

A 35-Inch Waist and Your Health: What's the Link?

Scott Kelly: A Giant Step For Health And Medicine?

February 2016

The Best Way to Keep Weight Off

Girl Scouts: Cookie 'Pushers' Contributing To Obesity?

Will Air Pollution Lead to Weight Gain?

Victory For Food Information: Judge Supports New York City's Salt Warnings

What Is Coolsculpting Or Cryolipolysis?

How Your Body Can Tell If He Or She Is Really 'The One'

Ten Super Bowl Commercials You May See

Could Concussions Become A Legal Defense?

How To Avoid The Zika Virus

Is Lowering Salt Good For Business?

Finally, More Doctors Are Specializing In Obesity Treatment

January 2016

Olympic Champion Benita Fitzgerald Mosley Named CEO Of Laureus USA

No reason to delay labeling

New Orleans: What Is The One Thing A City Can Do About Obesity?

Should You Eat Poop To Lose Weight?

The Pet Obesity Epidemic: What If Your Pet Is Overweight?

Staying Safe And Healthy During The Snow Storm

We need a whole systems approach to tackle obesity

Health Misinformation Abounds On Pinterest, Instagram And Visual Social Media

The hazards of trying to make flu shots mandatory

Can Secondhand Smoke Lead To Weight Gain?

The 10 Biggest Mistakes You Make When You're Trying To Lose 50-Plus Pounds

Ten Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes For Your Health

Is Lack Of Safe Drinking Water Linked To Obesity?

How Safe Are Heartburn Medications?

How To Avoid Restaurant Food Poisoning: Lessons From Recent Norovirus Outbreaks

Could Flame Retardants In Household Items Lead To Obesity?

Do You Drink The First Thing That You See In A Store?

8 Myths About Women Coaches (Including One About Title IX)

Watching Football: Good Or Bad For Your Health?

December 2015

Making New Year's Resolutions That You Can Actually Keep

How To Handle And Store Leftovers

Should You Get Bariatric (Weight Loss) Surgery?

How The $2 Billion NIH Budget Increase Benefits You

Do Plus-Size Models Really Cause Obesity?

How To Reduce And Deal With Holiday Stress

Avoiding And Preventing Winter Holiday Weight Gain

Obesity Rates: A Rising Threat To Public Health And Welfare

Doctors need more training to address obesity

Are New York’s High-Salt Menu Warnings Really Necessary?

November 2015

So, You Ate Too Much...What Do You Do Now?

New York City's Attempt To Shake The Salt Habit

What Supergirl and Other Superheroes Can Teach You About Health

Oklahoma mayor put his city on a million-pound diet. Did it work?

Words That Sound 'Healthy' But Can Mean Nothing

14 Steps to Eradicating Malnutrition in 15 Years

October 2015

The World's Changing Diet

Want To Lose Weight Or Improve Your Diet? Take A Look At Your Kitchen

Frequent Antibiotics May Make Children Fatter

Why 'Anti'-Vaccination And Why Not 'Anti'-Antibiotic Overuse?

More than 35 Leading U.S. Health Organizations Launch Campaign to Improve Obesity Care

Diets and Data: Counting More Than Just Calories

Feed The World...Healthy Food

Berkeley’s Soda Tax Boosts Retail Prices of Sugary Drinks, Study Confirms

Johns Hopkins Study Links Fracking and Premature Births

September 2015

Is Public Health A Next Frontier For Hollywood?

Obesity Is Everyone's Business

Through the Eyes of a Local Baltimore City Store Owner

August 2015

GOPC's, Dr. Sara Bleich, is Part of the 2015 - 2016 Class of White House Fellows

No consistency for handling misleading health ads

American Kids Growing Larger Than Their Canadian Cousins

Baltimore Carryouts Helping to Promote Healthier Food Choices

Why Coca-Cola’s Funding of Obesity Research Crossed the Line

Obesity Center Tests Ways to Make Healthy Choices Easier

Bariatric Surgery Patients See Weight Gain After ‘Honeymoon’ Period

Is Your Medicine Making You Fat?

July 2015

Why Sit-Down Meals May Be Just As Unhealthful As Fast Food

Overeating: Is it All in Your Head?

How Can Vaccine Supply Chains Improve Access to Fresh Produce?

Baltimore Restaurant Sales Boost After Implementing Healthier Menu Options

June 2015

Additional Funding for GOPC Project

May 2015

Baltimore Passes Urban Tax Credit with Help from GOPC

April 2015

GOPC Faculty Wins AMTRA

March 2015

BHCK Hosts First Community Forum

JHSPH Ranked #1 Grad School for Over 20 Years in a Row

February 2015

Betsy Anderson Steeves' Footprint

Dr. Lee's "You Are Where You Eat" Blog Entry

BHCK Youth Leader Program

January 2015

Virtual Simulation Modeling: VPOP & BLIFE

GOPC's Newest Model

10th Annual Nestle Conference in Mexico

December 2014

Using Electronic Health Records (EHR) to Study Obesity Trajectories in Children

BHCK's Cooking Class Kickoff

Dr. Cheskin Puts the Care in Clinical Care

Dr. Saeidah Fallah-Fini’s System Approach to Obesity

November 2014

GOPC Pilot Studies Core funds 3 new projects for Round 6

Berkeley places first excise tax on sugar sweetened beverages

Vanessa Oddo wins first place poster contest at the Obesity Society

October 2014

Dr. Sara Bleich speaks to burning calories and soda consumption on NPR

New Global Obesity in Public Health course taught by GOPC faculty


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The GOPC is changing the way the world fights the global obesity epidemic with a new systems approach.

Because the obesity epidemic is the result of a complex system of factors, from individual behaviors to international economic policies, it requires a systems approach—one that has transformed other fields and industries such as manufacturing, meteorology, and transportation. The systems approach means better understanding and addressing all the systems (e.g., biological, behavioral, social, environmental, cultural, economic) associated with diet, physical activity, metabolism, and obesity.

Our GOPC brings together experts from disciplines that have traditionally worked on obesity (e.g., nutrition, psychology, epidemiology, and biology) with experts new to obesity (e.g., computer science, marketing, and engineering) to bring innovative methods and
tools and work with stakeholders around the world to tackle this major global problem.


Global Obesity Prevention Center (GOPC) at Johns Hopkins 

Check out the steps the Global Obesity Prevention Center (GOPC) at Johns Hopkins is taking to prevent and control the major epidemic of obesity.

Global Approach

small child eating

Our experts strive to catalyze solutions to the obesity epidemic across the globe.

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Systems Science

Systems Science

Systems science approaches problems from a multi-scale perspective in order to tackle the dilemma at all levels.

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Innovations

global connections

A problem so persistent, complicated and global requires innovative and outside-the-box solutions.

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