Satiating Effects and Human Eating Behavior

Worksite Location
New York City
Faculty Sponsor
Dr. David Levitsky
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

As more and more of the world's population is becoming overweight it is important to find a way to bring about changes in eating behavior and help people gain control of their health. Satiety of food plays a major role in the obesity epidemic seeing as one of the reasons for increased intake is the feeling of not being satiated. We are hoping to find a way to boost the satiety of certain foods by using a satiating yet low calorie component such as protein. In this study we will be supplementing low energy foods with protein to see if it can boost the satiating effects of the food. If satiety levels of food can be increased then we would expect there be a reduction of intake and reduction of calories consumed.

Roles and Responsibilities

The intern will arrive in a timely manner on the days required by the mentor. The student will monitor eating behavior when necessary and help measure satiation levels and amount of food consumed. The intern will be responsible for collecting data and keeping records of experiments when required and attending required meetings. The intern is also responsible for any other tasks the mentor may assign.

Qualifications and Previous Coursework

Must be a full time CALS or Human Ecology freshman, sophomore or junior. Graduating seniors are not eligible.
The student should have a strong interest in Health and nutrition
Good oral and written communication skills.
Good background in the biological sciences (preferably nutrition).
Ability to work well with others

Benefits and Skills

The intern will learn the procedure of conducting a successful and ethical experiment on the effects of food and eating behavior. Critical thinking, organization, experiment design, and data analysis skills will be gained by the student. The student will also gain further knowledge on eating behavior and the effects it has on the population.