We propose that individuals differ in appetite-related characteristics that manifest early in life, show genetic influence, and interact with environmental factors (e.g. family feeding practices) to predict eating behavior and weight.
To understand more about these characteristics, we use a range of methods including behavioral tests, parent- and self-report questionnaires (e.g. CEBQ, BEBQ), genotyping, hormonal assays, and neuroimaging techniques (fMRI, MRI, PET).
Ongoing projects include investigations of appetite and body weight in infants, children, adolescents and adults, including studies of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, eating disorders, and individuals undergoing bariatric surgery.
Appetite Lab Research Shows How Pandemic Impacted Families’ Health-related Behaviors
The COVID pandemic has significantly impacted many aspects of life, including behaviors that may influence body weight. Check out our recent work on effects of the pandemic on appetite, diet, and binge watching in adults, and on the food parenting behaviors of fathers as well as mothers.
- Kudos to Daisy Zhou for her poster presentation on the role of the cerebellum in eating behavior, and to Liuyi Chen for her poster presentation on the neural correlates of food-related inhibitory control, at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting 2023 in Washington DC!
- Kudos to Gita Thapaliya and other Appetite lab co-authors on the publication of our paper on genetic obesity risk and early frontostriatal development in Obesity!