New Jersey Obesity Group (NJOG)

The New Jersey Obesity Group (NJOG), established with funding from the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, brings together faculty from many disciplines and institutions to understand the source, causes, and treatment of obesity. Current research projects include investigations of genetic differences in taste and the effect on weight, nutrient absorption during dieting and after gastric bypass surgery, and the biology of how the fat cell is regulated and distributes fat throughout the body. Current studies focusing on childhood obesity are investigating dietary intake of elementary school children, growth retardation, and body fat distribution, and whether overfeeding, inactivity, or feeding in response to crying predicts excessive weight gain in infancy.


  1. Rutgers
  2. Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  3. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences