The Metabolic Kitchen and Children’s Eating Behavior Laboratory
311 Chandlee Laboratory, University Park, PA
The Metabolic Kitchen and Children’s Eating Behavior Laboratory is a shared research facility directed by Kathleen L. Keller, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Departments of Nutritional Science and Food Science at The Pennsylvania State University. We study eating behaviors in young children, in particular, how eating behaviors develop and how they are related to risk for obesity later in life. We are using techniques such as brain imaging and genetic screening to provide insight into the biological underpinnings of eating behavior and food preferences in children. We are also researching the impact of food marketing and branding on these eating behaviors.