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Shape Up! Keiki Study

Study Type


Study Purpose

The purpose of the Shape Up! Keiki research study is to create a better way to measure and describe health from body shape.

About the Study

If your child is eligible and you decide to let your child participate in this study, you will be asked to arrive at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge. Your child should be wearing clothing that has no metal-containing objects, like buttons, zippers, etc. The study visit will take about five hours in one day to complete. If you decide to let your child participate in Phase II of the study, you will be asked to return to Pennington Biomedical Research Center about one year after your child’s Phase I visit. The procedures and expected time for Phase I and Phase II are the same.

Study Design

Number of Visits:

  • 1 study visit for Phase I
  • 1 optional study visit for Phase II


  • Questionnaire
  • Body Composition
  • 3D Optical Imaging
  • DXA scan
  • BodPod

Study Qualifications

To qualify for this research study, your child should:  

  • Be 5 years of age or younger

Study Duration

Participation in the study will last approximately 5 hours.


Compensation of up to $200 is offered for your time to participate in this study.

Study Contact

If you think you may be eligible, please click the button below to screen online, call 225-763-3000, or email

If you think you may be eligible, please click the button below to screen online.

Please do not fill out this questionnaire for anyone other than yourself unless you are their legal guardian.
If you know someone who may be interested please direct them to the site or have them call us directly at 225-763-3000.

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