PCORI Answers Critical Questions
PCORI funds studies to help patients and those who care for them answer a range of questions about obesity, such as:
Clinician: Several of my patients who have obesity have asked me how they can lose weight. Which are the most effective ways to help them do so and live healthier lives?
Caregiver: I’m about to have my first child and I’ve heard that giving my baby antibiotics in the first two years of her life could increase her chance of becoming overweight later. Does that risk vary depending on how much of these drugs she receives and how often?
Benefits Manager: We’re hearing that weight loss surgery can improve people’s health, which could mean fewer sick days. But which of the several weight loss surgeries is most effective?
Obesity Study Spotlights
This study in the rural Midwest tests conventional delivery of obesity treatment in clinics by primary care physicians against two other approaches in which care is enhanced by obesity counseling specialists and patient support.
This study found that children who were overweight achieved healthier weights after their parents received information about behavior change, and after their clinicians got help counseling families.