Relation of Consummatory and Anticipatory Food Reward to Obesity

This study addresses the onset of obesity, a vital public health problem.
Co Investigators

This research project addresses a vital public health problem because obesity results in marked morbidity and mortality. It is the first study to examine reward abnormalities that may account for the risk conveyed by parental obesity, test whether these abnormalities predate unhealthy weight gain, examine moderators of these relations, and test whether obesity onset influences food reward abnormalities. An improved understanding of the neural substrates that contribute to obesity should inform the development of more effective prevention and treatment interventions for this pernicious medical condition.


8/1/09 - 7/31/16


National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)