Evidence linking obesity and substance dependence continues to grow, which has led to increased interest in the role of an addictive process in problematic eating behavior. The Food and Addiction Science and Treatment (FAST) lab explores the similarities between addictive and eating behaviors through a multi-method approach including neuroimaging, behavioral phenotyping, and measurement development. The FAST lab uses a simulated fast food restaurant to investigate how cues impact food desire in a naturalistic environment. An emphasis is placed on studies that capture how factors in the food environment (e.g., food commercials, food-related product placements) may lead potentially addictive foods to have widespread clinical and public health consequences.
Dr. Gearhardt was one of the speakers at the Annual Meeting of the National Academy of Medicine