Q:  What is this Research Study about?

A:  This study is to prove that there is a significant difference between the obese people among the 3 different ethnic groups in Singapore with a particular range of body mass index.


Q: Why is there a need to do this Study?

A: There is a rapid increase of type 2 DM & obesity among the people in Singapore. Since 1975 to 2004, the no. had multiplied by 4.

Thus, it will be of a great concern in Singapore. To add on to the problem, there are also more teens suffering from type 2 DM in 2006 compared to 1991.

A2: We hope that through the study we can find out how the ethnic difference leads to or cause development of obesity & metabolic diseases.

A3: We hope that the study will be able to aid in early prevention of obesity & type 2 DM. We wish to generate more efficient & precise interventions to these problems by having greater understanding on the factors e.g. lifestyle, which can lead to the disease.


Q:  Why are you calling me for?

A:  You are invited to participate in this study because you are between 21 – 40 yrs old, and you have a body mass index greater than 23kg/m^2 but lesser than 30.


Q:  How long will the study take?

A:  The study will be for a period of 3 yrs. You only have to come a minimum of 3 visits & a maximum of 10 visits if you are selected. The majority will only require 4 visits, with some who require 9 visits depending on the study requirements.