New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center Boston Children's Hospital

New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center Boston Children's Hospital Overview

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Preventing childhood obesity for a healthier tomorrow

Welcome to the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center Boston Children's Hospital—a resource for parents, children, healthcare providers and others who are dedicated to combating childhood obesity.

Over the last several decades, obesity has become an epidemic that puts happy, healthy futures in danger. Boston Children’s Hospital and the New Balance Foundation unite under a common goal to create healthy and happy lifestyles that last into adulthood.

Join us in our efforts to prevent childhood obesity for a healthier tomorrow.

Parents and Kids Healthcare Community


July 9, 2013
New brain imaging study provides support for the notion of food addiction. Substance abuse and high-glycemic foods may trigger the same brain mechanism tied to addiction. Read related articles: New York Times, Time Magazine, National Public Radio.

November 13, 2012
Due to ongoing efforts led by David Ludwig, MD, PhD, the TEDMED challenge team has promised to highlight obesity as a top 20 challenge this year.

November 8, 2012
Our researchers find that when it comes to weight-loss maintenance, low-glycemic diets may help keep weight off and be more sustainable for kids, compared to the conventional low-fat diet.

October 29, 2012
Watch a new video about what patients can expect at the Optimal Weight for Life Program. 

October 17, 2012
Study in the New England Journal of Medicine finds definitive evidence that sugar-sweetened beverages directly link to weight gain.

Ending the Food Fight: Guide Your Child to a Healthy Weight in a Fast Food / Fake Food World 


Always Hungry? Here’s Why
Dr. David Ludwig's OP Ed piece highlights the hypothesis in an article just published in JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association. According to this alternative view, factors in the environment have triggered fat cells in our bodies to take in and store excessive amounts of glucose and other calorie-rich compounds.


The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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