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

Complete the
screening questionnaire.

Need More Information?

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

Andrew Collie, Coordinator

(785) 764-3770

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