Last updated on: 1/21/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Is Obesity a Disease?"
Reasoning:

“Obestiy is a complex, multifactorial disease that develops from the interaction between genotype and the environment. Our understanding of how and why obesity occurs is incomplete; however, it involves the integration of social, behavioral, cultural, and physiological, metabolic, and genetic factors.”

“Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults,” nhlbi.nih.gov, Sep. 1998

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“The NHLBI stimulates basic discoveries about the causes of disease, enables the translation of basic discoveries into clinical practice, fosters training and mentoring of emerging scientists and physicians, and communicates research advances to the public. It creates and supports a robust, collaborative research infrastructure in partnership with private and public organizations, including academic institutions, industry, and other government agencies. The Institute collaborates with patients, families, health care professionals, scientists, professional societies, patient advocacy groups, community organizations, and the media to promote the application of research results and leverage resources to address public health needs. The NHLBI also collaborates with international organizations to help reduce the burden of heart, lung, and blood diseases worldwide.”

“NHLBI Mission Statement,” nhbli.nih.gov, June 2009

Mission:

“The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) provides global leadership for a research, training, and education program to promote the prevention and treatment of heart, lung, and blood diseases and enhance the health of all individuals so that they can live longer and more fulfilling lives.”

“NHLBI Mission Statement,” nhbli.nih.gov, June 2009

Other:
Federal government agency
Contact Info:
Phone
301-592-8573
Email
nhlbiinfo@nhlbi.nih.gov
Website
nhlbi.nih.gov
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Pro & Con Quotes: Is Obesity a Disease?