Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, speaking at "Does the Body Matter?" the UB sesquicentennial
academic symposium, October 4
"Individuality is real and significant. Genes are not a blueprint for your every action. There is an
open-endedness in our physical construct that offers the opportunity for creativity at every turn."
Preventing obesity in children of high risk
University at Buffalo behavioral medicine specialist Leonard H. Epstein has received a $1.5 million
grant from the National Institute of Health to conduct the first extensive study in the U.S. of obesity
prevention in high-risk children.
Epstein and colleagues will recruit 180 families from Western New York that have children 5-10 years of
age who are of normal weight for their age and height, but are at high risk of becoming obese. Children
are considered at risk if their parents are significantly overweight.
Epstein originated the Stoplight Diet Plan, but the only weight-loss program in the U.S. to document
weight loss and maintenance in children over a 10-year period. He and his work have been featured on
CBS' "48 Hours" news magazine.