Boston Children's Hospital Receives $10 Million for Anti-Obesity Study

Boston Children's Hospital has announced a $10 million challenge grant from the Nutrition Science Initiative to launch a study aimed at developing a new paradigm for addressing diet-related diseases.

According to officials at Boston Children's, the study aims to challenge conventional dietary thinking about such diseases. In 2012, Cara Ebbeling and David Ludwig, researchers at Boston Children's New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center, raised eyebrows with a small study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that described how both low-glycemic index and low-carbohydrate diets might be more effective than a standard low-fat diet for those trying to achieve lasting weight loss. To be matched with $3.3 million in funding from the New Balance Foundation, an anonymous donor, the Robin Lloyd Corkin Charitable Foundation, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, the funding will enable Ebbeling and Ludwig to elaborate on those findings through a multiyear follow-up study that was launched in September at Framingham State University.

"It is notoriously difficult and somewhat unprecedented to find unrestricted and unbiased funding for the kind of critical research Drs. Ludwig and Ebbeling have been pursuing," said NuSI president and co-founder Peter Attia, M.D. "Their work challenges widely held beliefs and is very costly. Rigorous science of this caliber involves tightly controlled diets, advanced metabolic testing and randomized crossover design. But it's exactly the kind of science necessary to clarify the relationship between diet, obesity, and disease."

"Boston Children's Hospital Receives Grant to Fund Revolutionary Obesity Research Study." Boston Children's Hospital Press Release 10/15/2013.