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 nutrition and physical activity program.

This study is an 6 month research program. The first 6 months concentrate on weight loss, followed by an optional 12-month weight maintenance phase.

Individuals in this study will be randomized to one of three groups.

  • Group 1 -  program will be delivered using a face-to-face delivery and use a conventional diet.
  • Group 2 - program will be delivered using an IPAD (provided by us), and use the conventional diet.
  • Group 3 -program will be delivered using IPAD (provided by us), and use a stop light diet, with portion-controlled meals (provided by us).

In addition, all groups are encouraged to exercise and participants and parents will attend 30-45 min individual sessions with a health educator, twice per month.


  • Be 13 - 21 years of age
  • Have a diagnosis of an intellectual and developmental disability (ex; autism; down syndrome)
  • Live at home with a parent
  • Have Internet access in the home

Complete the
screening questionnaire.

Need More Information?

Please feel free to contact our staff if you have any additional questions.

Annie Rice, Coordinator

(785) 764-3770

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