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Lori A. Klos, PhD, RD

Associate Professor, Nutritional Sciences Program Director

Education

Ph D Nutritional Sciences Cornell University 2007
Registered Dietitian Dietetics Loyola University 2004
MS Food Science and Human Nutrition University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2002
BS Human Nutrition University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2000

Speaker Topics

  • Obesity
  • Weight Management
  • Body Image
  • Eating Behavior
  • Weight Stigmatization
  • Eating Disorders
  • Historical Trends in the Ideal Body

Interests & Expertise

Lori Klos primarily utilizes a psychosocial perspective to explore questions regarding the interpretation and management of body weight and shape within various sociocultural contexts, such as social relationships, college environment and populations, and adults transitioning into marriage.

Klos explores how feedback regarding body weight and shape influence body image and health behavior. She utilizes both quantitative and qualitative methodologies operationalized through the use of surveys, experiments, interviews and one-on-one, focus groups. A better understanding of how members within a society define and negotiate body weight and shape can inform the development of health promotion and disease prevention efforts.

More specifically, Klos’ research interests involve:

  • Examining how self-weighing behavior and body weight monitoring affects body image and weight management behaviors; the efficacious use of weight monitoring in weight management interventions.
  • Elucidating the influence of romantic partners on body image, eating and activity behavior, and approaches to weight management among members of the couple.
  • Exploring the impact of major life events,such as: weddings, extreme weight loss, on body image, dietary intake, physical activity and weight management.
  • Elucidating the role of body dissatisfaction as a motivator and inhibitor of healthy behavior.
  • Exploring the feasibility and efficacy of using Internet-based technology for health promotion research and weight management interventions.

Selected Publications

Klos, L. A., Greenleaf, C., Paly, N., Kessler, M. M., Shoemaker, C. G., & Suchla, E. A. (2015). Losing weight on reality TV: A content analysis of the weight loss behaviors and practices portrayed on The Biggest Loser. Journal of Health Communications, 20(6), 639-646.
Rote, A. E., Klos, L. A., Brondino, M. J., Harley, A. E., & Swartz, A. M. (2015). The efficacy of a walking intervention using social media to increase physical activity: A randomized trial. Journal of Physical Activity & Health, 12(Suppl 1), S18-S25.
Wheeler, L. A., Cashin, S. E., Klos, L. A., Rote, A. E., Clasey, J. L., & Swartz, A. M. (2014). Validation of a hand‐held bioelectrical impedance device for the assessment of body fat in young and old adults. International Journal of Body Composition Research.
Duncan, M., & Klos, L. A. (2014). Paradoxes of the flesh: Emotion and contradiction in magazine discourse. Journal of Sport & Social Issues.
Wheeler, L. A., Cashin, S. E., Klos, L. A., Rote, A. E., Clasey, J. E., & Swartz, A. M. (2013). Validation of a hand-held bioelectrical impedance device for the assessment of body fat in young and old adults compared to tetrapolar BIA using DXA as a reference. International Journal of Body Composition Research, 11(2), 59-66.
Rote, A., Swartz, A. M., & Klos, L. A. (2013). Associations between lifestyle physical activity and body image attitudes among women. Women & Health, 53(3), 282-297.
Klos, L. A., & Sobal, J. (2013). Marital status and body weight, weight perception, and weight management among U.S. adults. Eating Behaviors, 14, 400-407.
Neighbors, L. (2013). Is weighing a “women’s thing?” Associations among gender, gender role orientation, and self-weighing behavior. Sex Roles, 69, 16-28.
Kim-Yeary, K. H., Klos, L. A., & Linnan, L. (2012). The examination of process evaluation use in church-based health interventions: A systematic review. Health Promotion Practice, 13, 524-534.
Neighbors, L. (2010). Weight management. Gay, H., Valese, R., & Campbell, D. (Eds.). , 89-137. Champaign, IL/Human Kinetics: Health on Demand.
Neighbors, L., Sobal, J., Liff, C., & Amiraian, D. (2008). Weighing weight: Trends in body weight evaluation among young adults, 1990 and 2005. Sex Roles, 59, 68-80.

Presentations

Klos, L. A., Greenleaf, C., Oles-Fairchild, T., & Laus, M. (November 2015). An experiential learning activity for pre‐health professional students utilizing “obesity empathy suits” in a physical activity. Annual meeting of The Obesity Society, Los Angeles, CA.
Cass, T., & Klos, L. A. (April 2015). Evolution of Pre‐Health Professionals’ Attributions of the Causes of Obesity during an Obesity and Weight Management Course. National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Cheney, Washington.
Klos, L. A., Greenleaf, C., Cass, T. J., Paly, N. A., & Kessler, M. M. (2014). Pre-health professionals’ anti-fat attitudes and beliefs about weight locus of control, before and after participating in an obesity and weight management course. 2nd International Weight Stigma Conference, Canterbury, UK.
Rote, A. E., Klos, L. A., Brondino, M., Strath, S. J., Harley, A., & Swartz, A. M. (May 2014). The efficacy of a Facebook-mediated intervention to increase physical activity among young women. Annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, Orlando, FL.
Klos, L. A., & Greenleaf, C. (April 2014). Weight loss trajectories on popular reality television shows: a content analysis of The Biggest Loser. Annual meeting of the Society for Behavioral Medicine,, Philadelphia, PA.
Klos, L. A., Cass, T. J., Paly, N. A., & Kessler, M. M. (April 2014). Pre-health professionals’ attitudes about obesity and obese individuals before and after an obesity and weight management course. University of Wisconsin System’s Office of Professional and Instructional Development Spring Conference, Green Lake, W.
Rote, A. E., Klos, L. A., Wheeler, L. A., Thielke, N. C., & Swartz, A. M. (2013). Comparing Body Fat Distribution in Women According to Weight Perception. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN.
Klos, L. A. (November 2013). Gender differences in weighing comfort within common situational contexts.. Annual meeting of The Obesity Society, Atlanta, GA.
Greenleaf, C., Klos, L. A., & Paly, N. (November 2013). Pre-health professionals’ perceptions of overweight and obesity. Annual meeting of The Obesity Society, Atlanta, GA.
Wheeler, L. A., Cashin, S. E., Klos, L. A., Clasey, J. L., & Swartz, A. M. (June 2013). Validation of hand-held bioelectrical impedance analysis for the assessment of body fat in young and old adults. Annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, Indianapolis, INdiana.
Swartz, A. M., Wheeler, L. A., Cashin, S. E., Klos, L. A., Rote, A. E., & Clasey, J. E. (May 2013). Validation of hand-held bioelectrical impedance analysis for the assessment of body fat in young and old adults. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN.
Klos, L. A. (May 2013). Is weighing a “woman’s thing?” Associations among gender, gender role orientation, and self-weighing behavior. Annual meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Ghent, Belgium.
Klos, L. A., Greenleaf, C., Paly, N., Kessler, M., Shoemaker, C., & Suchla, E. (May 2013). Losing weight on reality TV: a content analysis of weight loss behaviors and practices portrayed on The Biggest Loser. Annual meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Ghent, Belgium.
Klos, L. A., Kessler, M., & Wheeler, L. A. (May 2013). Weight and weddings: a content analysis of diet and physical activity-related messages within bridal magazines. Annual meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Ghent, Belgium.
Klos, L. A. (November 2012). Overcoming mindless eating. Library staff (part of the Best Places to Work Initiative), .