Topic area(s): Child Development, Mental Health


The overarching goal of the proposed research is to investigate food reward sensitivity, the neurologic reward response to food stimuli, and modifiable family feeding practices building from the PEAS (Pregnancy Eating Attributes Study) cohort consisting of mothers and their children who were followed from early pregnancy to 1-year postpartum.


The proposed research will continue to follow participants from the PEAS, child’s age 2 to 5 years, to examine food acceptance, self-control, eating in the absence of hunger, cognitive development, attentional bias to food related imagery, anthropometrics, and intake in association with early life exposure to discretionary foods on diet-related behavioral and health outcomes. This will inform the relationship between maternal health outcomes and behaviors with child BMI trajectory, attentional food bias, and other food related behaviors.


Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)


UNC Site Project Investigator: Kyle Burger, PhD