Personalized Body Weight Management System Using Monitoring Devices and Mathematical Models of Metabolism


Attempts to manage body weight are often unsuccessful or only temporary. This is, in part, due to antiquated dieting methods that attempt to address calorie consumption while ignoring metabolic and physical changes. It is becoming clear that personalized methods to manage body weight must be developed.

Scientists at the NIH have developed new methods for prescribing and monitoring personalized weight management interventions. The system uses validated mathematical models of human metabolism to set weight management goals and predict individual body weight outcomes in the context of changing metabolic needs and calorie consumption. The system uses repeated monitoring of a patient's body weight to assess progress and provide specific feedback to the patient and health care professional. Projected outcomes and body weight goals can be revised over time along with required prescription modifications to meet the body weight goals. The system is integrated into a network of one or more devices that may additionally monitor various physiological parameters, physical activities, food intake, or other behaviors. Such an enhanced personalized weight management program has great promise in the management of obesity.

Potential Commercial Applications: Competitive Advantages:
  • Devices - Weight management diagnostic
  • Software for the integration of multiple devices
  Integrated system provides feedback to health care professional and patient with more accurate predictors of weight loss outcomes. Combined with other devices, patient receives encouragement to stay on track.


Inventors:
Kevin Hall (NIDDK)


Intellectual Property:
US Application No. 61/592,325
US Application No. 13/754,058


Publications:
Hall KD, et al. PMID 21872751
Hall KD and Chow CC. PMID 21562087
Hall KD. PMID 19934407

Licensing Contact:
Michael Shmilovich , Esq.
NIH Office of Technology Transfer
6011 Executive Blvd. Suite 325
Rockville , MD 20852
Email: shmilovm@mail.nih.gov
Phone: 301-435-5019
Fax: 301-402-0220

OTT Reference No: E-063-2012/0

Updated: 03/23/2012