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Project Title

SPROUTS: Development of Eating Behaviors in Young Children

Funding Dates



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The overarching goal of SPROUTS is to investigate food reward sensitivity, the neurologic reward response to food stimuli, and modifiable family feeding practices building from the Pregnancy Eating Attributes Study (PEAS) cohort, consisting of mothers and their children who were followed from early pregnancy to one-year postpartum. The proposed research continues to follow participants from PEAS, child’s age two to five 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 informs the relationship between maternal health outcomes and behaviors with child BMI trajectory, attentional food bias, and other food-related behaviors.

Research Areas 

Children’s Health
Nutrition and Physical Activity

Principal Investigator

Kyle Burger, PhD


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


Neuropsychology of Ingestive Behavior Laboratory