UBC Okanagan researchers explore correlations of diet and appetite across the menstrual cycle

Local women 18 to 35 years-old needed for new health study

A UBC Okanagan study is recruiting women from the Central Okanagan to support a new health research project.

UBC Okanagan Assistant Professor Dr. Sarah Purcell is exploring the relationship between dietary intake and appetite, metabolism, body composition, physical activity, and premenstrual symptoms.

“Women often have fluctuations in their dietary intake over the course of their menstrual cycle,” says Dr. Purcell, investigator with the UBC Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management. “We hope to gain a deeper understanding of how things like hunger, metabolism, and physical activity may contribute to dietary intake fluctuations to improve women’s health”

Women that meet the following criteria are invited to apply:

  • 18 to 35 years old
  • A body mass index (BMI) between 18.5 to 24.9. Link to BMI calculator
  • Have a regular menstrual cycle of approximately 21 to 38 days
  • Not taking oral contraceptive pills
  • Do not have a hormonal intrauterine device (IUDs; e.g., Mirena); copper IUDS are okay
  • Live within the Central Okanagan. Travel to UBC Okanagan required

Participants will be provided with 10 days of food and take part in measurements of appetite, body composition and metabolic rate (“metabolism”). A few online self-reporting surveys will also be required. Each participant will receive an honorarium for their time.

If you are interested in participating, please complete the pre-screening survey. For more information or questions, contact Miranda at smithm@student.ubc.ca