About Food, Nutrition, and Metabolism
The choice of what to eat, and how much, can alter the way the entire rest of the body functions. Vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients are needed to create and repair cells, while carbohydrates, fats, and proteins can be converted into energy (a process known as metabolism). An unhealthy diet could impact energy levels, cause digestive issues, or increase the risk for other diseases. Occasionally, foods can trigger a strong reaction from the immune system, as is the case with food allergies or Celiac disease; severe reactions can be life threatening, and often these conditions can force people to alter their diet. Eating disorders, such as bulimia or anorexia, cause damage to the entire body by depriving it of vital nutrients.
Project REST Study
Are you the parent of an 8-12 year old? Your child may be able to participate in a study to examine thoughts, sleep, and eating behaviors in children. This study involves a visit to determine eligibility and complete questionnaires/games, 2 fMRI scans, and an at-home period where participants will complete games and questionnaires through text and respond to phone calls. Compensation is provided.
Project THINK Study – Overweight Children
Are you the parent of a 9-12 year old who is overweight? Your child may be able to participate in a study to examine thoughts and eating behaviors in children who are overweight. As part of this study, your child will complete questionnaires, cognitive tasks, and an interview. Children may also undergo two fMRI scans. Compensation is provided.