Food Genetics Behavior Study (FOODIE)



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The University of Pennsylvania, in collaboration with CHOP, is conducting a study to find out more about how behaviors (eating, physical activity, sleep) and genes affect growth and development in children. Participants will include children, ages 5 to 7, and their mothers.

Families will be asked to participate in a screening visit and 3 study visits over 1 year. Child participants will be asked to:

  • Eat dinner in our Center (visit 1);
  • Have their physical activity and sleep assessed over 14 days with a wrist-work activity monitor;
  • Have a saliva sample collected (visit 2), and
  • Have body measurements taken (visits 2 and 3).

Mothers will be asked to complete questionnaires throughout the study. Participants will be compensated for their time.

Who Do I Contact?

If you are interested in participating in the study or want to learn more please contact our study team at foodiestudy [at] or 215-746-2061. Identifier

Eligibility & Criteria

IRB #:
Official Title:
Role of Energy Balance Behaviors in Modifying Biobehavioral Risk Factors for Childhood Obesity
Study Phase:
Not Applicable
Eligible Age Range:
5 - 7 Years
Study Categories:

Visit Criteria

Screening Visit (at Penn): consent, height and weight, questionnaires, taste assessment, computer task.

In the next few weeks:

Visit 1 - Eating Visit (at Penn)

Visit 2 - Body Measurement Visit (at CHOP)

Home period: 3 telephone-based diet interviews, activity and sleep monitor (14 days), questionnaires

After 1 year:

Visit 3 - Body Measurement Visit (at CHOP)


Tanja Kral

Jonathan Mitchell