The Shape Up! Study consists of a partnership between the University of Hawaii Cancer Center (UHCC) in Honolulu, HI under John Shepherd, Louisiana State University’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center (PBRC) in Baton Rouge, LA under Steven Heymsfield, the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) under Ethan Weiss and Andrea Garber, and the University of Washington’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering (UW) in Seattle, WA under Brian Curless.

The purpose of the Shape Up! Study is to explore and develop ways to measure health and body composition from 2D and 3D images. These new technologies are developed to use shape information on the outside to predict measures of health on the inside, such as body fat percentage and lean muscle mass, which can then provide useful and detailed information about various health and wellness risks. Participants provide the data needed for researchers to continue this study, which will create the largest and most powerful description of optical body shape and its association and relation to body composition, metabolic markers, function, and dietary intake.

Funding Sources

Optical Body Composition and Health Assessment
NIH/NIDDK
R01DK109008

Shape Up! Kids
NIH/NIDDK
R01DK111698 

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