Peter Katzmarzyk, Ph.D., FACSM, FAHA

Professor and Marie Edana Corcoran Endowed Chair in Pediatric Obesity and Diabetes
Assoc Exec Dir for Population and Public Health Sciences

Assoc Exec Dir for Population and Public Health
Health Care Quality Improvement Lab
Physical Activity Epidemiology
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Ph.D. Exercise Science, Michigan State University, 1997


Dr. Katzmarzyk's main research interest is the epidemiology and public health impact of obesity and physical inactivity, and determining the relationships between physical activity, physical fitness, obesity and related disorders such as metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, particularly in children and youth. Dr. Katzmarzyk has published his research findings in more than 325 scholarly journals and books, and regularly participates in the scientific meetings of several national and international organizations. He is currently an editorial board member for the International Journal of Obesity, Pediatric Obesity, and Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders. Dr. Katzmarzyk’s scientific advocacy efforts include the organization of an annual public health conference on childhood obesity at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, and chairing the research advisory committee for the development of The United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. Dr. Katzmarzyk also serves on the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Science Board.


Katzmarzyk P.T., T.V. Barreira, S.T. Broyles, C.M. Champagne, J.-P. Chaput, M. Fogelholm, G. Hu, W.D. Johnson, R. Kuriyan, A. Kurpad, E.V. Lambert, J. Maia, V. Matsudo, C. Maher, T. Olds, V. Onywera, O.L. Sarmiento, M. Standage, M.S. Tremblay, C. Tudor-Locke, P. Zhao and T.S. Church. The International Study of Childhood Obesity, Lifestyle and the Environment (ISCOLE): Design and Methods. BMC Public Health 2013;13:900.

Katzmarzyk P.T. and C. Bouchard. Where is the beef? Waist circumference is more highly correlated with BMI and total body fat than with abdominal visceral fat in children. International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders 2013: Advance online Publication September 10, 2013.

Staiano A.E., T.V. Barreira, D.M. Harrington and P.T. Katzmarzyk. Sitting time and cardiometabolic risk in U.S. adults: Associations by sex, race, socio-economic status, and activity level. British Journal of Sports Medicine 2014;48:213-219.

Tudor-Locke C., T.V. Barreira, J.M. Schuna, E.F. Mire and P.T. Katzmarzyk. Automated waist-worn accelerometer algorithm for children’s sleep period time. Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism 2014;39:53-57.

Katzmarzyk P.T., F.L. Greenway, S.B. Heymsfield and C. Bouchard. Clinical utility and reproducibility of visceral adipose tissue measurements derived from dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry in white and African American adults. Obesity 2013: Advance online Publication June 21, 2013.

Lee I.-M., E.J. Shiroma, R.L.F. Lobelo, P. Puska, S.N. Blair and P.T. Katzmarzyk. Impact of physical inactivity on the world’s major non-communicable diseases. Lancet 2012; 380 (9838):219-229.

Katzmarzyk P.T., E. Mire and C. Bouchard. Abdominal obesity and mortality: The Pennington Center Longitudinal Study. Nutrition and Diabetes 2012; 2: e42; doi:10.1038/nutd.2012.15.

Katzmarzyk P.T., W. Shen, A. Baxter-Jones, J.D. Bell, N.F. Butte, E.W. Demerath, V. Gilsanz, M.I. Goran, V. Hirschler, H.H. Hu, C. Maffeis, R.M. Malina, M.J. Muller, A. Pietrobelli and J.C.K. Wells. Adiposity in children and adolescents: Correlates and clinical consequences of fat stored in specific body depots. Pediatric Obesity 2012; Advance Online Publication August 21, 2012.

Ross R., M. Lam, S.N. Blair, T.S. Church, M. Godwin, S.B. Hotz, A. Johnson, P.T. Katzmarzyk, L. Lévesque and S. MacDonald. Trial of prevention and reduction of obesity through active living in clinical settings: A randomized controlled trial. Archives of Internal Medicine 2012; 172:414-424.

Barreira T.V., D.M. Harrington, A.E. Staiano, S.B. Heymsfield, S.R. Smith and P.T. Katzmarzyk. Anthropometric correlates of total body fat, abdominal adiposity and cardiovascular disease risk factors in a biracial sample of men and women. Mayo Clinic Proceedings 2012;87:452-460.

Katzmarzyk P.T., B.A. Reeder, S. Elliott, M.R. Joffres, P. Pahwa, K.D. Raine, S.A. Kirkland and G. Paradis. Body mass index and risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer and all-cause mortality. Canadian Journal of Public Health 2012;103:147-151.

Katzmarzyk P.T. and S.A. Lear. Physical activity for obese individuals: A systematic review of effects on chronic disease risk factors. Obesity Reviews 2012;13:95-105.

Katzmarzyk P.T., T.V. Barreira, D.M. Harrington, A.E. Staiano, S.B. Heymsfield and J.M. Gimble. Relationship between abdominal fat and bone mineral density in white and African American adults. Bone 2012; 50:576-579.

Barreira T.V., D.M. Harrington, A.E. Staiano, S.B. Heymsfield and P.T. Katzmarzyk. Body adiposity index, body mass index and body fat in white and black adults. Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) 2011;306:828-830.

Katzmarzyk P.T., C.M. Champagne, C. Tudor-Locke, S.T. Broyles, D. Harsha, B.M. Kennedy and W.D. Johnson. A short-term physical activity randomized trial in the Lower Mississippi Delta. PloS ONE 2011;6(10):e26667. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0026667. ^ top