Evidence linking obesity and substance use disorders 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 wins first prize at Psych TankThe Eisenberg Depression Center will support the FAST lab to look at the link between food and depression.
- FAST Lab featured in New York TimesDr. Gearhardt weighs in on the debate over whether junk food is addictive.
- Head over Meals: Dr. Gearhardt’s BlogpostsDr. Gearhardt offers insight on food addiction and the media’s impact.