Diabetes, cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure are just some of the problems that overweight people may encounter. While researchers across the globe are working to solve these problems, the University of Missouri-Columbia has created the new MU Health Activity Center under the leadership of one MU professor. The center is the focal point of an effort to bring a cross-disciplinary approach to investigating the sedentary lifestyle, which is believed to be the cause of many of these problems.
“Sedentary lifestyle leads to chronic illness and no one is looking at it through a cross-disciplinary approach,” said Frank Booth, professor of biomedical sciences and founder of the new MU Health Activity Center. “We need to look at this problem from a variety of angles. MU, with its blend of veterinary medicine, medicine, nursing, health professions, and arts and sciences on the same campus, is in a great position to lead this charge.”
According to Booth, scientists in many scientific disciplines, such as archeology and anthropology, have information that would benefit this field. For example, by knowing how genes were selected 10,000 years ago and how that selection influenced metabolism, scientists might learn how the body stores fat and how it uses the excess weight.
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