The Predictive Relationship Between Obesity Criteria and Neuropsychological Deficits

The Predictive Relationship Between Obesity Criteria and Neuropsychological Deficits

            This research project seeks to clarify the relationship between cognitive deficits and three definitions of obesity: BMI, Height-to-Waist ratio, and Hip-to-Waist ratio. The principle definition of obesity, BMI, has significant limitation when it comes diagnosing a person as obese. For example, BMI cannot make reliable predictions about prognosis; BMI is measured by a person’s height and weight, but does not factor in muscle mass. Therefore, a perfectly healthy person with lean mass could be categorized as overweight or obese. With the growing rate of obesity in the U.S, it is important to understand if the statistics are accurate. Therefore, it is our goal find an alternative to the currently used BMI definition of obesity.

Throughout this research, I expect to learn more about obesity in nearly all areas of science, and hopefully be able to redefine the definition of obesity. To go about achieving our goals, I will go to different clinics across NY that deal with obesity and hopefully be able to interview doctors, specialist, and hopefully patients. In addition, we will be looking to recruit subjects to undergo neuropsychological testing who meet the different criteria for obesity. Currently, we are looking into the research literature in order to find out more about the utility of the different definitions of obesity. In the end, we hope to be able to discover an alternative to BMI that has a better predictive validity for cognitive deficits.

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