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About Energy Balance

The National Cancer Institute's gives an overview of "what is energy balance?":

"Energy balance refers to the integrated effects of diet, physical activity, and genetics on growth and body weight over an individual's lifetime. Scientists are increasingly aware of the importance of understanding the effects of energy balance on the development and progression of cancer and on cancer patients' quality of life after treatment. Weight, body composition, physical activity, and diet affect many physiologic systems and can alter the cancer process at many points." Learn more on the National Cancer Institute's website.

Listen to our Journal Club Moderators Drs. Susan Schembre (pictured left) and Carrie Daniel-MacDougall (pictured right) talk about this exciting, complex topic!



Infographics About Energy Balance Topics

   Click on each one to learn more!

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  1. Obesity: Complex but Conquerable. 2012. Infographic. Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, Washington, DC. Web. 24 May 2013. <>.
  2. Body Weight & Cancer Risk. 2013. Infographic. American Cancer Society, Atlanta. Web. 24 May 2013. <>.
  3. Cancer Prevention. 2012. Infographic. American Institute of Cancer Research, Washington, DC. Web. 24 May 2013. <>.

Upcoming Events

March 19, 2015
Energy Balance Journal Club
Sedentary behavior and disease risk: Should we reduce how much we sit?
Matt Chrisman, PhD
12:00-1:00 p.m.
CPB8, room 3
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