Energy balance has been defined as the integrated effects of diet, physical activity, and genetics on growth and body weight over the life course, including links to cancer and other co-morbidities. Pediatric obesity is thus a complex field that involves interactions between psychosocial, environmental, neurobiological and metabolic pathways. To understand what drives obesity and related behaviors in minority at-risk adolescent populations, highly transdisciplinary approaches are therefore required. This talk will cover some approaches that have been successfully used to promote transdisciplinary research in pediatric obesity, some of the problems encountered to transdisciplinary work, and some possible solutions to those problems. Examples will be taken from series of increasingly transdisciplinary studies on pediatric obesity in minority youth. These studies draw from a wide range of disciplines including (but not limited to) biology, cancer and cancer biomarkers, metabolism, psychology, nutrition, exercise physiology, engineering, genetics, geography and entertainment, and represent first steps towards an integrated understanding of determinants and outcomes of pediatric obesity.

Citation Information: Cancer Prev Res 2008;1(7 Suppl):CN06-03.

Seventh AACR International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research-- Nov 16-19, 2008; Washington, DC