URMC part of nationwide study on childhood obesity

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center are getting a big boost to study childhood obesity. (Photo: URMC)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center are getting a big boost to study childhood obesity.

URMC will be receiving more than $3 million for the study, which aims to combat the national epidemic.

The study encourages overweight patients to try to lose weight on their own, while helping their child with nutrition.

Doctors said it is a way to translate research into healthcare.

"We're trying to really take the best evidence and apply it, but we're also working on parenting skills," said Dr. Stephen Cook, associate professor of pediatrics at URMC. "We're working on family skills. I mean the stuff that these parents will get out of it, we hope is also translating to other limit setting strategies like using social media or adequate sleep or other things."

The study will take place with the partnership of three other organizations: Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, LSU Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, and the American Academy of Pediatrics Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight in Itasca, Illinois.

URMC is looking to enroll 432 families in the Rochester area for the research.

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