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Douglas Lunsford is the Lead Parent Principal Investigator for the PCORnet Obesity Observational Study, which is examining the short- and long-term effects of antibiotics on childhood growth.  Lunsford has been a member of the Parent and Patient Leadership Team for the Healthy Weight Network for the pat two years, and is co-founder of the Healthy Weight Community, an organization that provides support and resources for families and patients coping with obesity.

Lunsford has been a teacher for 24 years, and currently works with special education students at North Fork Local Schools in Utica, Ohio. He is also the father of an 18-year-old son who has combated childhood obesity most of his life.