Executive Function in Overweight Children

The University of Chicago is currently seeking volunteers for a research study looking at thought processes in overweight children.  The purpose of this study is to explore executive function (e.g., goal setting, inhibition) and taste preferences in overweight children with and without binge eating problems.  

Participants cannot have serious medical conditions resulting in appetite changes or food restrictions, currently be taking medications that affect appetite, adhere to a food-restriction diet in which they cannot consume dairy products/milkshakes, have a diagnosis of bulimia nervosa, or have metallic foreign bodies that would prohibit MRI scanning (e.g., braces, piercings that cannot be removed). 

Interested participants should contact the Principal Investigator, Andrea Goldschmidt, at 773-834-4118 or goldschmidta@uchicago.edu.

  

Aims of the Project

This study aims to explore cognitive functioning, more specifically executive function (e.g., goal setting, inhibition) and taste preferences in overweight children aged 9-12 with and without binge eating problems.  

Participants

Eligible participants must be:

  •  Between 9 and 12 years old
  • Currently overweight (BMI >85th percentile for age and sex)

Procedure

Study participation involves 2 clinic visits.  Both visits will last ~2 hours. Participation will involve having height and weight measured; completing questionnaires, a semi-structured interview, and behavioral tasks of executive function; and tasting different milkshake flavors while undergoing an MRI scan.  Participants will receive $50 at each study visit as compensation for their time and effort.

More Information

For more information, please contact Justin Riederer at 773-702-9683 or email jriederer@yoda.bsd.uchicago.edu

Investigator

Andrea Goldschmidt, Ph.D. is the Co-Director of the Eating Disorders Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago.