Excessive weight gain in children is increasingly becoming a major health concern in the United States. Being overweight or obese even for very young children can have profound effects on their health as they grow up. There is a very high risk of developing chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease in children who are obese. We need to conduct effective research into why this problem is growing so fast especially among our minority children and how we can manage this epidemic. Lifestyle interventions like eating a healthy diet and physical activity have been shown to be effective but it is difficult to implement the same among children, so a multi-level approach is needed where in addition to the child, their close family, friends, and community need to be involved. My research is related to pediatric obesity issues, causes, and effective interventions to prevent and manage children with obesity.