Lori A. Klos, Ph.D., R.D.

Associate Professor

[Image] Lori Klos

Enderis Hall, Room 455
Phone: (414) 229-3162
Fax: (414) 229-2619
neighbol@uwm.edu

Department

Kinesiology

Education

  • Ph.D., Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University, 2007
  • M.S., Food Science-Human Nutrition, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2003
  • B.S., Food Science-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

Dr. Klos’ primarily utilizes a psychosocial perspective to explore questions regarding the interpretation and management of body weight and shape within various sociocultural contexts (e.g., social relationships, college environment) and populations (e.g., young adults, adults transitioning into marriage).

Dr. 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, and interviews (e.g., 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, Dr. 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 (e.g., 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.

Recent Publications

Duncan, M., & Klos, L. A. (In Press). Paradoxes of the flesh: Emotion and Contradiction in fitness/beauty magazine discourse. Journal of Sport and Social Issues.

Rote, A. E., Swartz, A. M., & Klos, L. A. (2013). Associations between lifestyle physical activity and body image attitudes among women. Women & Health, February 12, [Epub ahead of print].

Klos, L. A., Esser, V., & Kessler, M. (2012). To weigh or not to weigh: The relationship between self-weighing behavior and body image among adults. Body Image: An International Journal of Research, 9(4), 551-554.

Kim-Yeary, K. H., Klos, L., & Linnan, L. (2011). The examination of process evaluation use in church-based health interventions: a systematic review,” Health Promotion Practice, [Epub ahead of print].

Neighbors, L. (2009). Weight management. In H. Gay, R. Valese & D. Campbell (Eds.), Health on Demand (pp. 89-137). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Neighbors, L., & Sobal, J. (2008). Weight and weddings: Women's weight ideals and weight management behaviors for their wedding day. Appetite, 50(2-3), 550-554.

Neighbors, L., & Sobal, J. (2008). Weight and weddings: Expectations about wedding body weight and shape ideals among university students. Eating Behaviors, 9(4), 430-437.

Neighbors, L., Sobal, J., Liff, C., & Amiraian, D. (2008). Weighing weight: Trends in body weight evaluation among young adults, 1990 and 2005. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 59(1-2), 68-80.

Neighbors, L., & Sobal, J. (2007). Prevalence and magnitude of body weight and shape dissatisfaction among university students. Eating Behaviors, 9(4), 429-39.


Presentations

Klos, L. A., Greenleaf, C. A., Paly, N., Kessler, M., Shoemaker, C., & Suchla, E. (2013, May).  Losing weight on reality TV: A content analysis of weight loss behaviors and practices portrayed on The Biggest Loser. Presented at the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Conference, Ghent, Belgium.

Neighbors, L. (2009, May). Wedding weight management: An opportunity for healthier ever after? Invited presentation given at the Obesity and the Family Conference, Brigham Young University, Sundance, UT.

Neighbors, L., & Sobal, J. (2007, November). Marital status, body weight perception and weight management among U.S. adults: The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), 1999-2002. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, Washington, DC.

Sobal, J., Liff, C., Amiraian, D., & Neighbors, L. (2007, August) Is stigmatization of obesity changing? Attitudes towards overweight dating partners in 1990 and 2005. Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association.

Neighbors, L., Sobal, J., Liff, C., & Amiraian, D. (2007, June). Weighing weight: Trends in body weight evaluation among young adults, 1990 and 2005. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Oslo, Norway.

Neighbors, L., & Sobal, J. (2007, June). Weight and weddings: Women's weight ideals and weight management behaviors in preparation for their wedding day. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Oslo, Norway.