This research project will investigate changes in appetite and body composition (fat mass and muscle mass) during the Dhaulagiri 2016 expedition.
The project aims to build upon previous research by measuring feelings of appetite twice per day using a simple questionnaire. This will allow us to discover how appetite changes during an expedition and whether any changes are related to the development of acute mountain sickness.
Before the expedition and at three fixed camps during the expedition, this project will measure the body mass, fat mass and muscle size of participants in order to discover whether any changes occur during an expedition. This will provide important information because these changes may affect performance for recreational trekkers or military personnel at altitude.
The findings from this project will help to provide guidance to expedition teams and military personnel in the future. This may help to maintain physical performance and reduce the risk of illness. These potential benefits may also be advantageous for military personnel being deployed at short notice to high altitude.