Cornell professor seeks volunteers for weight study

Most adults gain about one pound per year.

But David A. Levitsky, Weiss Presidential Fellow and professor of nutrition and psychology, is conducting a two-year self-weighing study to prevent or slow age-related weight gain. The rate that a person ages 20-50 gains weight will determine that person’s chances of becoming obese or succumbing to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and several different cancers.

Levitsky is looking for Cornell employee volunteers, preferably ages 20-40, for this study. The study requires two visits to measure height and weight. Some participants, chosen at random, will also weigh themselves daily at home.The first visit pays $25. The second visit, at two years, pays $50.

For more information or if you are interested in volunteering for this study, send an email to