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Current Studies

Weight Management for Adolescents with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
This 18-month study is designed to examine how two different diets and two different delivery systems impact weight loss and weight maintenance in adolescents with mild to moderate developmental disabilities. This study involves counseling meetings with a health coach every two weeks, and keeping records of physical activity and food and beverages consumed.
Weight Loss Program for Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities
This study is designed to examine how two different programs impact weight loss and weight maintenance in individuals with mild to moderate developmental disabilities. Both programs involve monthly counseling meetings with a health coach and payment for keeping record of food and beverages consumed using picture forms.
Exercise and Brain Function Predictors
This study is designed to investigate brain structure differences that may help to predict those that are most successful in weight loss and weight maintenance.
Maintaining Weight Loss with Exercise
The Prevention Of Weight Regain study is designed to investigate exercise recommendations for the prevention of weight regain. You will participate in a 3 month reduced energy diet and aerobic exercise 5 days per week. You will then be randomly assigned to one of three exercise programs while consuming a weight gain prevention diet over a 12 month period. The project lasts a total of 15 months. This program will cover all aspects of successful weight reduction and weight management, including nutrition, physical activity, and the emotional/cognitive aspects of behavior change.
Second Life Intervention
Second Life Intervention for Weight Maintenance study is designed to investigate alternative delivery systems for prevention of weight regain. You will participate in a 6 month low calorie diet and aerobic exercise program taught by a health educator through weekly group conference calls. You will then be randomly assigned to continued use of group conference calls or to join the Second Life virtual reality island while consuming a weight gain prevention diet over a 12 month period. The project lasts a total of 18 months. The program will cover all aspects of successful weight reduction and weight management, including nutrition, physical activity, and the emotional/cognitive aspects of behavior change.
KU Weight Management Program
The KU Weight Control Research Project (WCRP) has been operating since the 1980's and consists of two branches: 1. ongoing externally funded clinical research projects and 2. minimal-research weight management programs. Both programs use a holistic approach to cover all aspects of successful weight reduction and weight management, including nutrition, physical activity, and the emotional/cognitive aspects of behavior change. We approach weight management as a lifestyle change, one that will be made over time and continued through life. *Fees Apply

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