What are the social determinants linked between obesity and cancer?

Dr. Peter Hovmand, Dr. Ken Carson, and Dr. Graham Colditz led this study as part of the Washington University Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer(TREC) Center supported the National Cancer Institute. The project developed a computational model of obesity across the life course and generations incorporating biologic, clinical and social determinants of risk and mortality, which can be applied to different cancer outcomes using non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma as the initial platform.

Primary Investigators

Peter S. Hovmand

Kenneth R. Carson

Graham Colditz




St. Louis, MO, USA

Project Partners

Washington University in St. Louis


Project Goals

  • Understand the role of social determinants in obesity and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) population-level outcomes, including delayed effects of social determinants and exposure over the life course.
  • Develop and evaluate interventions and policies at the population level.