Volunteers Needed For Study Examining Eating Behaviors in Overweight Children

The Illinois Institute of Technology seeks volunteers for a research study looking at physiological, psychological, interpersonal, and environmental factors involved in eating behavior among overweight children. The purpose of this study is to better understand factors that contribute to excess energy intake in children in order to improve weight loss interventions.

We are currently recruiting volunteers who are:

  • Between eight- and 14-years-old
  • Overweight (BMI ≥ 85th percentile)
  • Not currently involved in weight loss treatment

Study participation involves two clinic visits and a two-week daily recording period. Each in-person visit will last less than two hours and will involve height and weight measurements, and completion of questionnaires and interviews. Then, participants will answer questions about their eating, mood, and thoughts every day for two weeks using a cellular phone or other wireless device. During that time they will also wear Actigraph watches and complete logs about their sleep patterns. None of these procedures will interfere with their school participation. Participants will receive up to $150 as compensation for their time and effort.

They cannot have serious medical conditions resulting in appetite or weight changes, currently be taking medications that affect appetite or weight, or have a current or past diagnosis of bulimia nervosa or anorexia nervosa.

Interested participants should contact the Research Coordinator, Leah Hecht, at 312.567.5201 or eatingbehaviorslab@gmail.com.