Staff and Students
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Do I have to be overweight in order to volunteer?
No, we are currently looking for all weight classifications.
How may I benefit from volunteering for your study?
Personally, you may benefit from the association study as you will receive a free analysis of your bone density (screens for osteoporosis) and percent body fat. As well, the information gathered could benefit many people as more information on genes and body weight becomes known.
What are some practical applications that might come from your research?
We could identify people with the obesity genes and recommend diet and exercise modifications to prevent or correct obesity and related health problems.
What is expected of me as a volunteer?
That depends of which study you wish to participate in. For more detailed information on what is expected of our volunteers, please click on the hyperlink to the study that interests you. Association Study, Exercise Study, Overfeeding Study.
Why must my family have been in Newfoundland for at least three generations in order to take part in your study?
By using the small genetic pool of Newfoundlanders, there is a greater chance of finding the gene(s) associated with obesity in this population.
Will I gain a lot of weight if I take part in the overfeeding study?
Volunteers taking part in the overfeeding study are only expected to gain between 1-2 pounds after the week of overfeeding. There will be a treadmill, as well as other exercise machines, available to volunteers if they would like help in losing the extra 1-2 pounds.