About the Heads Up Program

We regret to inform you that the Heads Up IMI/IMIT and Surgery programs are now ending immediately due to a lack of funding for program continuation. You will not need to attend any future follow-up visits previously scheduled. We sincerely appreciate your interest in our study. This has been an amazing program and important work that we hope to continue at some point in the future.

We encourage you to visit the Pennington Biomedical website at www.pbrc.edu/healthierLA to explore our other research programs and clinical trials currently underway that may be of interest to you.

The Heads Up Program
LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center


In recent years, an obesity epidemic has swept across the United States. Two out of three Americans over the age of 20 are considered overweight and one out of three are considered obese. Over 30% of Louisiana adults are considered obese which exceeds the national average.

There are several ways to determine if you are at risk for disease. One way is to assess your body weight by your Body Mass Index (BMI). Your BMI is a calculated number from your weight and height. It is used to screen for weight related health problems. Obese individuals are defined as those that have a BMI of ≥ 30 kg/m2 while morbidly obese individuals are those that have a BMI of ≥ 40 kg/m2. It is common for obese individuals to suffer from other conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and increased risks for sleep apnea and cancer. Losing 5-10% of your weight can lower your chances for developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other chronic conditions associated with excess weight.

Previous research has shown that weight loss surgeries and lifestyle intervention programs can lead to weight loss and a reduction in disease risks.

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