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With physical, psychological and economic factors that run the gamut, the obesity epidemic affects everyone. Considered one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century by the World Health Organization, the epidemic has reached global proportions, affecting more than 1.5 billion people worldwide.

Approximately 65 percent of people live in countries where obesity-related illnesses kill more often than hunger does. Meanwhile, an estimated 42 million children younger than 5 years old are overweight. Of those, 35 million live in developing countries.

The Global Obesity Prevention Center (GOPC) at Johns Hopkins University takes a unique approach to preventing obesity around the world. Relying on an innovative array of tactics, we aim to revolutionize the fight against this epidemic by tackling every aspect of the system behind it.

Through our systems-based approach, expertise in developing state-of-the-art methods and tools and breadth of national and international activities and experience, we stand at the intersection of research, education, training, policy and action. The support of donors and foundations is crucial to that mission.

To find out how you can be a part of the solution, please contact Barbara Verrier, Senior Associate Director of Development for The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Office of External Affairs, at 410-955-5194 or by email at bverrier@jhu.edu. To find out how to give online, please click here.