Study Participants to Pack on the Pounds

6 years 4 months 2 weeks ago March 04, 2011 Mar 4, 2011 Friday, March 04 2011 Friday, March 04, 2011 9:16:00 AM CST in Continuous News
Source: Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Washington University is taking the 2004 movie "Super Size Me" a step further.
The St. Louis-based university wants to determine why some obese people have obesity-related sickness and others don't. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that over the course of a four-month study, participants will eat fast food and increase their weight five percent. The study is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock spent a month for his 2004 movie "Super Size Me" eating only at McDonald's. For the Washington U. study, participants will eat Big Macs, too, but also Whoppers, shakes and other fast food items. Volunteers will consume foods from McDonald's, Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, adding 1,000 excess calories a day to their normal diet. 

"We're using fast food because we know the calorie content and the calories are easier to keep under control," said chief researcher Dr. Samuel Klein. "We know how much fat, protein, carbohydrates are in those foods." 

About one-third of people who are considered obese never get high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and other conditions association with their weight. 

"If we could find out why some people are resistant to the adverse metabolic effects of obesity, we might be able to develop better therapies and medications to break the link between obesity and metabolic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease," Klein said. 

More than one-quarter of adults were considered obese in the U.S. in 2009, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An additional 36 percent were overweight. Obesity-related medical costs are approaching $100 billion annually, and about half is paid by Medicaid and Medicare. 

"Obesity is a very expensive disease," said Klein, head of the university's Center for Human Nutrition and medical director of the Weight Management Program. "It's driving many of the diseases that are burdening our health system." 

The study seeks 30 test subjects, 15 who don't have metabolic problems and 15 who do. A larger follow-up study is possible. The volunteers will visit the medical school once a week, where researchers will test their fat cells, hormones and blood to find clues. People considered morbidly obese won't be in the study. Study manager Mary Uhrich said participants will be closely watched with a brief medical exam weekly. Ginger Meyer, a registered dietitian with the Missouri Dietetic Association and the Weight Treatment Center in Jefferson City, voiced cautious optimism about the study. 

"There's a benefit to knowing why some people have (metabolic problems) and others don't; that's a worthwhile question," Meyer said. But, "It's important to not be put at risk in terms of the weight gain," she said.


Klein said that if a patient develops a metabolic illness because of the study, he or she will be pulled out and put in a weight loss program. Meanwhile, after the study, participants will be enrolled at no cost in a six-month weight loss program managed by Washington University. In the end, they're expected to lose more weight than they gained. 

"They'll come out with a picture of their health they never would have seen otherwise," Klein said. "They'll be healthier when they finish than when they started."

More News

Grid
List
ROLLA - A drug deal turned violent Wednesday night, leaving a woman hospitalized with a gunshot wound to her head.... More >>
27 minutes ago July 20, 2017 Jul 20, 2017 Thursday, July 20 2017 Thursday, July 20, 2017 11:08:00 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY — The Jefferson City Police Department is looking for two teenagers who reportedly went missing in the area... More >>
36 minutes ago July 20, 2017 Jul 20, 2017 Thursday, July 20 2017 Thursday, July 20, 2017 10:59:00 AM CDT in Top Stories
COLUMBIA — Columbia Police are investigating a home invasion and armed robbery at the Campus View apartment complex Wednesday night.... More >>
1 hour ago July 20, 2017 Jul 20, 2017 Thursday, July 20 2017 Thursday, July 20, 2017 10:07:00 AM CDT in News
ST. JOSEPH (AP) — Authorities say three people have been wounded in a shooting at a St. Joseph apartment complex.... More >>
2 hours ago July 20, 2017 Jul 20, 2017 Thursday, July 20 2017 Thursday, July 20, 2017 9:18:00 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 27-year-old St. Louis jail inmate is hospitalized in critical condition after being found beaten in... More >>
2 hours ago July 20, 2017 Jul 20, 2017 Thursday, July 20 2017 Thursday, July 20, 2017 9:06:00 AM CDT in News
SULLIVAN, Mo. (AP) — Thousands of ticks have been collected for testing from a Missouri park after a worker died... More >>
2 hours ago July 20, 2017 Jul 20, 2017 Thursday, July 20 2017 Thursday, July 20, 2017 8:42:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - If you live in southwest Columbia, the city has a suggested watering schedule that might affect you. ... More >>
3 hours ago July 20, 2017 Jul 20, 2017 Thursday, July 20 2017 Thursday, July 20, 2017 8:35:00 AM CDT in News
CAMDEN COUNTY - Authorities are asking for help in locating a missing man who is considered endangered. James Hanberry... More >>
3 hours ago July 20, 2017 Jul 20, 2017 Thursday, July 20 2017 Thursday, July 20, 2017 8:34:00 AM CDT in News
NORTHMOOR, Mo. (AP) — Prosecutors have filed charges against a man accused of driving off in a suburban Kansas City... More >>
4 hours ago July 20, 2017 Jul 20, 2017 Thursday, July 20 2017 Thursday, July 20, 2017 7:18:00 AM CDT in News
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a man is being questioned in the death of a woman in southwest Missouri.... More >>
4 hours ago July 20, 2017 Jul 20, 2017 Thursday, July 20 2017 Thursday, July 20, 2017 7:14:00 AM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri appellate court says a judge's blocking an ethics panel from requiring a conservative... More >>
4 hours ago July 20, 2017 Jul 20, 2017 Thursday, July 20 2017 Thursday, July 20, 2017 7:09:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A sentencing hearing will enter its second day Thursday for a 27-year-old man found guilty of raping three... More >>
13 hours ago July 19, 2017 Jul 19, 2017 Wednesday, July 19 2017 Wednesday, July 19, 2017 9:46:00 PM CDT in News
FULTON - After two months of discussion, MU Health announced it will sell its 35 percent stake in the Fulton... More >>
17 hours ago July 19, 2017 Jul 19, 2017 Wednesday, July 19 2017 Wednesday, July 19, 2017 6:34:00 PM CDT in News
Note: Above you will find the story that aired as well as full interviews with Linda Godwin and Alex Young.... More >>
17 hours ago July 19, 2017 Jul 19, 2017 Wednesday, July 19 2017 Wednesday, July 19, 2017 6:10:00 PM CDT in Eclipse Science
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Republicans are coalescing around Attorney General Josh Hawley as their favored candidate to challenge... More >>
18 hours ago July 19, 2017 Jul 19, 2017 Wednesday, July 19 2017 Wednesday, July 19, 2017 5:21:00 PM CDT in News
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — Some members of the St. Louis County Council say they were tricked into sweetening the pension... More >>
18 hours ago July 19, 2017 Jul 19, 2017 Wednesday, July 19 2017 Wednesday, July 19, 2017 5:13:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Key lawmakers say a prescription drug monitoring program that Republican Gov. Eric Greitens created through... More >>
18 hours ago July 19, 2017 Jul 19, 2017 Wednesday, July 19 2017 Wednesday, July 19, 2017 5:01:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — New federal indictments accuse a fifth person and add more charges against the previous four... More >>
18 hours ago July 19, 2017 Jul 19, 2017 Wednesday, July 19 2017 Wednesday, July 19, 2017 4:49:00 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 91°
12pm 92°
1pm 94°
2pm 95°
3pm 97°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

11:00a
Rachael Ray
12:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Noon
12:30p
Inside Edition
11:00a
Jerry Springer
12:00p
Jerry Springer
1:00p
Maury

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Hollywood Game Night
8:00p
The Wall
9:00p
The Night Shift
7:00p
Penn & Teller: Fool Us
8:00p
Hooten & the Lady
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld