The USDA's 2010 dietary guidelines report calls the obesity epidemic "the single greatest threat to public health in this century." Says Robert Gabbay, director of The Penn State Institute for Diabetes and Obesity, "As a society, we are just now starting to absorb the extent of this problem. The predictions for children are finally ringing the alarm bells. If we don't do something, our kids won't even have the life expectancy we have -- and the years they have may not be healthy ones. Our researchers are tackling things from the molecular level all the way to public health initiatives, with a shared goal of eradicating obesity and diabetes and helping those with these conditions live better."