Q:  What is this Research Study about?

A:  This research study examines the metabolic effects of birth weight on overweight and obese Chinese adults and their responses to weight loss over 16 weeks


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: This study will help us understand how birth weight affects body composition, nutritional and metabolic effects in relationship to genetic markers and developmental history.

A3: This will help us in deciding the importance of developmental and genetic pathways in contributing to an individual’s risk of obesity and the response and effectiveness to an intervention.


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 percentage body fat of at least 25% and you are keen in losing weight.


Q:  How long will the study take?

A:  The study will be for a period of 2 yrs. Your participation in the study will take 5 months. You only have to attend a minimum of 12 visits (which include 4 overnight stays).