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Baby Fat Pilot Study

Study Type


Study Purpose

The Baby Fat Pilot research study aims to develop a technique to accurately measure the amount of fat in infants. Understanding more about body fat in infants will help researchers learn more about the factors that impact the health of people beginning in early life and continuing throughout their lifespan.

About the Study

Qualified participants will complete 2 study visits to the Pennington Biomedical Clinic. The infant’s body fat will be measured using three different machines and a parent will answer questions about his or her infant’s health, feeding habits, and lifestyle.

Study Design

Number of Visits:

  • 2 visits to the Pennington Biomedical Clinic


  • Length and weight
  • PEA POD Scan (to measure body fat)
  • DXA Scan (to measure the amount of bone, muscle and body fat)
  • MRI (to measure body fat in the upper back and neck area)
  • Questionnaires

Study Qualifications

To qualify for this research study, participants should:

  • Be a healthy infant
  • Be born full term (greater than or equal to 37 weeks)
  • Be 14 to 28 days old

Study Duration

Participation in this research study will last up to 11 days.


Participants will receive up to $100 upon completion of the study.

Study Contact

If you are interested in volunteering for this research study call 225-326-0546 or email

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