BMI of Participants in Weight Loss Camps: Should All Campers be Over a Certain BMI?
Adelstein, Emily L.
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The premise for this study is the idea that adolescent girls will have more success in weight loss when all of their peers in a weight loss context are overweight. If some of their peers who consider themselves to be overweight are actually at a healthy weight, the overweight girls may become discouraged, and, therefore, will not have as much weight loss success. The 2 groups for this study will attend 2 identical weight loss camps: one camp only allows campers with a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 29, calculated by (Weight in pounds) divided by [(height in inches) x (height in inches)] x 703, which is considered medically overweight, and the other has no criteria (Serdula, Collins, Williamson, Anda, Pamuk, & Byers, 1 ~93). Researchers hypothesize that participants at the camp with a minimum BMI will have more weight loss success. In addition, researchers think that participants in the control group will eventually polarize into two distinct groups: overweight, and not overweight. Through reflection periods with researchers 4 times during the summer, journals, and final camp interviews, researchers will be able to determine whether or not participants were actually affected by the distinction. Also, the BMI of the 5 closest friends of each participant will be tracked in order to detect any kind of pattern. Participants will not be aware of the distinction between the two camps, because the camps are located in two separate cities. Data will be collected from girls aged 12-17, with no criteria for race or socioeconomic status from all over the United States.