Food Intake and the Adolescent Brain (ADOB)

  • End date
    Sep 28, 2024
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    University of Colorado, Denver
Updated on 28 February 2022
Accepts healthy volunteers


The brain plays an integral role in how and what people eat. However, the brain's contribution to overeating is not well understood during sensitive developmental periods such as adolescence, when excessive weight gain and obesity prevalence are a significant concern.The proposed study will use functional magnetic resonance imaging to examine how the brain's response to excess energy is related to overeating in adolescents with and without obesity.

Condition Feeding Behavior, Brain, Adolescent
Treatment Energy Stimulus
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04208256
SponsorUniversity of Colorado, Denver
Last Modified on28 February 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

male or female
-18 years-old
resident of Colorado

Exclusion Criteria

weigh less than 88 pounds or have a BMI% rank of <10% for age and sex
have a physician's diagnosis of metabolic syndrome or diabetes (Type 1 or 2)
have a physician's diagnosis of anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa
currently taking anti-psychotic medications (not including anti-depressant or antianxiety medications)
have a non-MRI safe device (e.g. pacemaker or defibrillator) or metal in the body (e.g. metal pins, shrapnel)
experience symptoms of claustrophobia when in small or closed-off places
are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
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