Participants wanted for UH Shape Up! Keiki Childhood Obesity Study : Kauai Now : Kauai News & Information

A research team at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center is looking to recruit nearly 400 children, ages 0-5, for a study that will create advanced body shape models using 3D scans.

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UH Cancer Center researcher John Shepherd has received $3.1 million from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to discover body composition technologies that can detect obesity outcomes in young children. Shepherd and his team hope to recruit 360 children for the study, Shape Up! Keiki.

Obese adolescents have their fastest weight gain before age 5 and are usually already obese by this age. The 3D scans will provide detailed descriptions of how body shape and composition are linked to obesity risk factors, including high blood pressure, increased cholesterol levels and the risk of developing cancer among children in Hawaii and the Pacific.

“Including our diverse population in Hawaiʻi for this specific study will help us better understand the extent of health inequities and the mechanisms to address them,” Shepherd said in a press release.

Recent research suggests that interventions to prevent obesity and metabolic diseases later in life should be implemented from early childhood. Due to limited research on pediatric obesity and a lack of appropriate body composition technologies, studies such as Shape Up! Keiki are needed to explore innovative technologies to assess and understand risk factors for metabolic diseases.

Parents interested in enrolling keiki in the study can click here for more details. To contact the study team, call 808-440-5234 or email [email protected]

The UH Cancer Center is one of 71 research institutes designated by the National Cancer Institute. It is dedicated to eliminating cancer through research, education, patient care and community outreach with an emphasis on the unique ethnic, cultural and environmental characteristics of Hawaii and the Pacific.

For more information on the cancer center, click here. You can also follow the center on Facebook and Twitter.

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