The Predictive Relationship Between Obesity Criteria and Neuropsychological Deficits Final Blog
To begin, it has truly been a very long and hard journey. I was hoping to have more progress completely then this, or even truly beginning, but it is what it is, and I am not going to make any excuses. Dr. Adams and myself have had many issues delaying our progress, main issue was obtaining IRB approval. We have done our prep work prior to getting approval, such as organizing how we are to collect participants, what tests we are planning on running, self measuring sheets for the participants, and scoring the results. We have finally been granted approval and have begun our progress collecting participants, and I am happy to say we have some lining up. Therefore, we hopefully in our short time left be able to have good results at the end of this research.
Furthermore, I like to add that we are also planning on continuing our research when this program is over. We will hopefully be able to prove our hypothesis no matter how long and how difficult it will be.
So far our progress is a bit up and down. To explain, Dr. Adams and I both have learned a lot from the individual research we have done to gain a background and insight on to our topic. We also have laid out plans to carry out the final stages of our research, but we ran in to an issue with the IRB. They have gotten back to us with comments and issues with our application. We are currently addressing them and will have the application ready for resubmission as soon as possible.
Furthermore, we have mainly experienced challenges besides the IRB. For example, we are trying to find ways of collecting participants to help us; we are also trying to finding a nursing student to accompany us in a section of our study, and finding incentives for the participants and volunteers. We are doing the best we can to address all issues. We cannot exactly start collecting patients without approval by the IRB; therefore we are working on the IRB application first. I have already contacted a friend that works for Macy’s and my former employers at BestBuy to see if we can get donations of gift cards that we can use as incentives. I am waiting to hear back, hopefully I can hear back soon.
I am learning firsthand the true difficulties doing research can have. I have done research for my Experimental Psychology class and I have had some degree of difficulty, but now I truly understand what can come from it. For the actual research overall, I have learned the different ways obesity is recorded and defined, cognitive function in relation to body weight from previous related research. As of right now we are hoping to do as much as we can with the time we have left and be able to resolve all that we can.
In order to clarify the relationship between cognitive deficits and three definitions of obesity: BMI, Height-to-Waist ratio, and Hip-to-Waist ratio, Dr. Adams and myself decided to continue our individual studies in to the past research done based on BMI, Height-to-Waist ratio, and Hip-to-Waist ratio. So far we have no data just yet. However, I am currently scheduled with several doctors at Columbia University Medical Center, Wyckoff Hospital, and St. Luke’s Hospital within the upcoming weeks. I will hopefully be able to obtain more neurological and psychological insights of obesity from these professionals.
We are currently preparing to submit our proposal to the IRB and after their approval we will begin to collect participants that fit the current profiles for obesity (e.g. a Male at age 16, Height 5’3 and Weighs 169.01lbs would be considered obese). I am going to collect these participants through the NYC Pace Campus student body and then we will administered three neurological exams on each. The exams will look in to IQ estimate, verbal memory, and executive functioning. After that we will begin to analyze the results discovered.
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.