Energy balance experts from six continents join forces to reduce obesity

Global Energy Balance Network (GEBN) seeks to prevent and reduce obesity through the science of energy balance

Global Energy Balance Network logoDenver — March 31, 2015 — As the scientific community gathers at Experimental Biology 2015, the Global Energy Balance Network (GEBN) is poised to make meaningful contributions to the broader community’s efforts to improve public health.  GEBN is a network of scientists from North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania who have banded together to further the understanding of the regulation of energy utilization by the body (energy balance) and apply this understanding to develop novel approaches to health and wellness.

GEBN, formed in Dec. 2014, has garnered support from nearly 150 scholars, practitioners and other experts in 18 countries.  The leadership group will convene in Denver in August for an inaugural face-to-face meeting.

“A better understanding of the science of energy balance will lead to the development of innovative new ways to prevent and reduce obesity,” said James O. Hill, PhD, co-founder of GEBN, University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center.  “Toward that end, GEBN scientists are committed to promoting energy balance research, communicating energy balance knowledge, training new scientists and facilitating innovation in reducing obesity.”

According to another GEBN co-founder, Steven Blair, professor of exercise science and epidemiology at the University of South Carolina, “GEBN is the first organization to use the energy balance model as a framework for thinking about changing current systems and policies to improve health.  Our model highlights the need to measure both energy expenditure and intake when assessing body weight changes.”

GEBN will convene a “think, do tank” to serve as a catalyst to explore new approaches to solving the growing global problem of obesity and related chronic diseases in 2016.

A number of scientific societies and advocacy organizations including American Society for Nutrition (ASN), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and Personal Health Investment Today America (PHITAmerica) have expressed interest in collaborating with GEBN.

Members of GEBN believe that finding workable solutions to correcting energy imbalance will be achieved faster by working with all sectors of society, and GEBN is committed to promoting effective public-private partnerships.

Executive Committee

James O. Hill, PhD – President
Steven N. Blair, PED – Vice President

Nahla Houalla, PhD – Vice President

Wenhua Zhao, PhD – Vice President

Arne Astrup, PhD, MD – Vice President
Willem van Mechelen, PhD, MD – Vice President

Latin America / Caribbean
Marianella Herrera, MD, MSc – Vice President

North America
Gregory A. Hand, PhD, MPH – Co-Vice President
John C. Peters, PhD – Co-Vice President

Wendy Brown, PhD – Vice President


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The Global Energy Balance Network (GEBN or Network) is a voluntary public-private, not-for-profit network of experts dedicated to identifying and implementing innovative solutions – based on the science of energy balance – to prevent and reduce diseases associated with inactivity, poor nutrition and obesity. It is a premier world-wide organization led by scientists in the development and application of an evidence-based approach to ending obesity.

For more information about GEBN, including membership benefits and registration, please visit


About the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center
The Anschutz Health and Wellness Center is an innovative, state-of-the art research, education and patient care facility located on the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado. The Center’s mission is to transform the lives of individuals and communities through science-based wellness strategies. Our research is translated into customized programs and offerings, delivered through our Wellness Clinic and Fitness Center. We provide programs, in partnership with schools, worksites and community organizations throughout Colorado. Our vision is a world where wellness is the norm.

About the University of Colorado School of Medicine
Faculty at the University of Colorado’s School of Medicine work to advance science and improve care. These faculty members include physicians, educators and scientists at University of Colorado Hospital, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Denver Health, National Jewish Health, and the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Degrees offered by the University of Colorado School of Medicine include doctor of medicine, doctor of physical therapy, and masters of physician assistant studies. The School is located on the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus, part of the University of Colorado Denver. For additional news and information, please visit the School of Medicine’s newsroom.

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