Our Researchers: Ying Meng

Our Researchers: Ying Meng


My research passion is about childhood obesity because it is a serious problem
right now. The childhood obesity now is going up every year and currently one in
five children are obese. For overweight, it’s almost like 1 in 3
children are overweight. I want to study the causes and the factors associated with childhood obesity so that we can prevent the development of obesity early in life, and to reduce their, the rates for poor health, and also reduce the rates for other psychosocial problems. But an important thing that we can
do is, based on the genetic constitution, or background of the babies we can
predict their risk for unhealthy eating behavior, the risk for overweight and
obesity. So based on that we can do genetic analysis the kids DNA’s and also
we can – based on their genetic background – we can predict their risk for unhealthy eating behaviors, obesity and even cardiovascular disease, diabetes. That’s why we can start the preventions early ahead of time before they even gain
unhealthy weight. so that’s one of the targets of my research is to identify the
risk of population before they even go into the vicious cycle of obesity.

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