Biological Risk Factors for Onset of Binge Eating and Compensatory Behaviors

Teen Health Study

Investigators in this pilot study are examining biological factors that might increase the risk of problematic eating behaviors in teenage girls. Biological factors include height, weight, and the brain’s response to high-calorie foods.
Co Investigators

Eating disorders (EDs) affect 13% of women and can result in serious health problems. It is vital to develop more effective prevention programs because 80% of those with EDs do not receive treatment. This pilot study will advance knowledge of the causes that increase risk for onset of ED symptoms. Improved understanding of these factors may also inform the design of more effective prevention programs.

This project is currently recruiting subjects.

Are you the parent and have a teenager daughter between the ages of 14-16 years old? Or, are you a teenager between the ages of 14-16 years-old? Are you interested in participating in a research study about eating behaviors?

Oregon Research Institute is conducting a research study to understand what predicts different eating behaviors in adolescent girls. Parents can receive $15 for answering some questions and eligible teens can receive up to $325 for participating in six visits over the span of three years. The visits will consist of interviews, surveys, computer tasks, and a brain scan. You will also receive a photo of your brain!

If you are interested in finding out more about this study and to see if you're eligible, please contact the Teen Health Study at or 541-484-2123. Or visit our website


8/3/17 - 8/2/20


Internal ORI funding