Weight Management for Adolescents with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Thank you for your interest in the Weight Maintenance Study with The University of Kansas - Energy Balance Lab (EBL) and University of Kansas Medical Center - Center for Physical Activity and Weight Management (CPAWM).
We are looking for adolescents (ages 13-21) with intellectual and developmental disabilities, who are currently not participating in a regular exercise program and are interested in starting a weight loss and physical activity program.
This study is an 18-month study. The first 6 months concentrate on weight loss, followed by a 12-month weight maintenance phase. Individuals in this study will be randomized to one of three groups. Group 1 will have the intervention delivered using a face-to-face delivery and use a conventional diet, which follows the USDA MyPlate guide. Group 2 will have the intervention delivered using technology, and use the conventional diet. Group 3 will have the intervention delivered using technology and use a stop light diet, enhanced with portion-controlled meals. All groups will be prescribed a program of increased moderate intensity physical activity. Participants and parents will attend 30-45 min sessions with a health educator, twice per month during the first 12 months and once per month during the last 6 months of weight maintenance.
The technology groups will have the intervention delivered using FaceTime™, which is an iPad application that allows users to participate in real-time video conferencing. Self-monitoring for both diet and physical activity (PA) will be completed using web-based applications for diet (Lose it!) and PA (Fitbit).
The face-to-face groups will have the intervention delivered during home-visit meetings and self-monitoring will be completed by pencil and paper records.
- Be 13 - 21 years of age
- Have a diagnosis of an intellectual and developmental disability
- Have a BMI greater than 85th percentile (determined at official screening by our staff)
- Live at home with a parent
- Have Internet access in the home
- Be committed to an 18-month study
Need More Information?
Please feel free to contact our staff if you have any additional questions.
Andrew Collie, Coordinator