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Leaders at the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center Boston Children’s Hospital are dedicated to addressing obesity through innovative, evidence-based research.
Over the years, our landmark research on low-glycemic diets has challenged conventional wisdom and proven the important impact that blood sugar levels have on hunger and body weight, specifically for adolescents and young adults.
Our research is aimed at understanding the science of how fast food and sugar-sweetened beverages affect children’s health. This research covers why fast food causes weight gain in adolescents, how reducing sugary beverages causes weight loss in adolescents, and how reducing sugary beverages at home can help teens avoid weight gain.
Providing food to treat adolescents at risk for cardiovascular disease. Obesity 2015, 23:2109-17
A randomized pilot study of dietary treatments for polycystic ovary syndrome in adolescents. Pediatr Obes 2015 Jul 1. doi: 10.1111/ijpo.12047. [Epub ahead of print]
A Randomized Trial of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Adolescent Body Weight. (NEJM; 2012)
Effects of dietary composition on energy expenditure during weight-loss maintenance. (JAMA 2012)
Effects of a low-glycemic load diet in overweight and obese pregnant women: a pilot randomized controlled trial (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition; 2010)
The Association Between Pregnancy Weight Gain and Birthweight: a Within-family Comparison (Lancet; 2010)
Effects of Glycemic Index on Oxidative Stress (Obesity; 2009)
Effects of Insulin Secretion on Response to Glycemic Load (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition; 2008)
Effects of Glycemic Index on Fatty Liver in Rodents (Obesity; 2007)
An 18-month Study of a Low Glycemic Load Diet in Young Adults (JAMA; 2007 May 16)
Funding Source Influences the Outcomes of Nutrition-Related Scientific Articles (PLoS Medicine; 2007)
How TV Viewing Affects Children’s Diets (Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine; 2006)
Reducing Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption Causes Weight Loss in Adolescents (Pediatrics; 2006)
Beneficial Effects of Low Glycemic Load Diet on Heart Disease Risk Factors (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition; 2005)
Effects of Fast Food on Weight Gain and Insulin Resistance in Young Adults (Lancet; 2005)
Beneficial Effects of a Low Glycemic Load Diet on “Body Weight Set Point” (JAMA; 2004)
A High Glycemic Index Diet Causes Obesity in Rodents (Lancet; 2004)
Why Fast Food Causes Weight Gain in Adolescents (JAMA; 2004)
Effects of Fast Food on Calorie Consumption and Diet Quality in Children (Pediatrics; 2004)
Weight Loss in Obese Adolescents on a Low Glycemic Load Diet (Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine; 2003)
Effects of Dairy Consumption on the Metabolic Syndrome (JAMA; 2002)
Effects of Sugar-Sweetened Beverage on Body Weight in Children (Lancet; 2001)
A Low Glycemic Load Diet Promotes Weight Loss in the OWL Clinic (Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine; 2000)
Fiber But Not Fat Consumption Affects Body Weight (JAMA; 1999)
How Glycemic Index Affects Hunger and Food Consumption (Pediatrics; 1999)
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.”