The Metabolic Kitchen and Children’s Eating Behavior Laboratory - Publications



Keller KL, Adise S. Variation in the Ability to Taste Bitter Thiourea Compounds: Implications for Food Acceptance, Dietary Intake, and Obesity Risk in Children. Annu Rev Nutr. 2016 Jul 17;36:157-82


Fearnbach SN, English LK, Lasschuijt M, Wilson SJ, Savage JS, Fisher JO, Rolls BJ, Keller KL. “Brain response to images of food varying in energy density is associated with body composition in 7- to 10-year-old children: results of an exploratory study.” Proceedings of the SSIB 2015 Annual Meeting (Special Issue), Physiol Behav 2016 Aug; 162:3-9. Epub 2016 Mar 10.

Kling SM, Roe LS, Keller KL, Rolls BJ. Double trouble: Portion size and energy density combine to increase preschool children's lunch intake. Physiol Behav. 2016 Aug 1;162:18-26

Jellinek RD, Myers TA, Keller KL. The impact of doll style of dress and familiarity on body dissatisfaction in 6- to 8-year-old girls. Body Image. 2016 Sep;18:78-85

Fearnbach SN, Masterson TD, Schlechter HA, Ross AJ, Rykaczewski MJ, Loken E, Downs DS, Thivel D, Keller KL. Impact of imposed exercise on energy intake in children at risk for overweight. Nutr J. 2016 Oct 21;15(1):92

English LK, Fearnbach SN, Wilson SJ, Fisher JO, Savage JS, Rolls BJ, Keller KL. Food portion size and energy density evoke different patterns of brain activation in children. Am J Clin Nutr. 2016 Nov 23

Fearnbach SN, Masterson TD, Schlechter HA, Loken E, Downs DS, Thivel D, Keller KL. Perceived Exertion During Exercise is Associated with Children's Energy Intake. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2016 Nov 29.


Fearnbach SN, Thivel D, Meyermann K, Keller KL. “Intake at a single, palatable buffet test meal is associated with total body fat and regional fat distribution in children.” Appetite 2015; 92:233-239.

Keller KL, Fearnbach SN, English LK. “Neural and behavioral mechanisms underlying the portion size effect in children.” Abstract, Columbia University Seminar on Appetitive Behavior. Appetite (2015), 96:643-644.

Fearnbach SN, Silvert L, Keller KL, Genin PM, Morio B, Pereira B, Duclos M, Boirie Y, Thivel D. “Reduced neural response to food cues following exercise is accompanied by decreased energy intake in obese adolescents.” Int J Obes 2016 Jan; 40(1):77-83. Epub 2015 Oct 9.

Cravener T., Schlecter H., Loeb K., Radnitz C., Schwartz M., Zucker N., Finkelstein S., Wang Y., Rolls B., Keller K. “Feeding Strategies Derived from Behavioral Economics and Psychology Can Increase Vegetable Intake in Children as Part of a Home-Based Intervention: Results of a Pilot Study.” Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2015; 115(11):1798-1807.

St-Ong M., Buck C., Keller K. Breakfast Cereal and Nutrition on Body Mass Index and Diet Quality in Elementary School Children: A Pilot Study. International Journal of Nutrition. 2015; 1(1).

Stein W., Keller K. Modern Food Environment: Changes in Food Quantity and Quality and Their Impact on Hedonic Eating. In Avena N. (Ed.), Hedonic Eating: How the Pleasure of Food Affects Our Brains and Behavior. 2015;163-183. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.


English L., Lasschuijt M., Keller K. Mechanisms of the portion size effect. What is known and where do we go from here? Appetite 2014; 88(2015):39-49.

Keller K. The Use of Repeated Exposure and Associative Conditioning to Increase Vegetable Acceptance in Children: Explaining the Variability Across Studies. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2014;114(8):1169-1173Read the article

Keller K, Olsen A, Cravener T, Bloom R,Chung W, Deng L, Lanzano P, Meyermann K. Bitter taste phenotype and body weight predict children’s selection of sweet and savory foods at a palatable test-meal. Appetite 2014;77C:113–121.


Radnitz C, Loeb KL, DiMatteo J, Keller KL, Zucker N, et al. Optimal Defaults in the Prevention of Pediatric Obesity: From Platform to Practice. J Food Nutr Disor. 2013;2:5.

Burd C, Senerat A, Chambers E, Keller KL. PROP taster status interacts with the built environment to influence children’s food acceptance and body weight status. Obesity. 21(4):786-94.

Keller KL, Olsen AM, Kuilema LG, Meyermann K, van Belle C. Predictors of parental perceptions and concerns about child weight. Appetite. 2013;62:96-102.

Faith MS, Heo M, Keller KL, Pietrobelli A. "Child food neophobia is heritable, associated with less compliant eating, and moderates familial resemblance for BMI" Obesity. 12(8):1650-5.


Keller KL, Kuilema LG, Lee N, Yoon J, Mascaro B, Combes A-L, Deutsch B, Sorte K, Halford JCG. The impact of food branding on children’s eating behavior and obesity. Physiol Behav. 2012;106(3):379-86.

Keller KL. Genetic influences on oral fat perception and preference: J Food Sci. 2012;77(3):S143-47.

Faith MS, Pietrobelli A, Heo M, Johnson SL, Keller KL, Heymsfield SB, Allison DB. A twin study of self-regulatory eating in early childhood: Estimates of genetic and environmental influence and measurement considerations. Int J Obes. 2012;36(7):931-37.

Lee H, Keller KL. Children who are pressured-to-eat at home show “healthier” eating patterns in ad libitum laboratory meals where no pressure is administered. J Am Diet Assoc. 2012;112(2):271-5.

Keller KL, Liang L, Sakimura-McLean J, May D, van Belle C, Breen C, Driggin E,

Tepper BJ, Lanzano P, Deng L, Chung WK. Common variants in the CD36 gene are associated with reported fat preferences and obesity in African-Americans. Obesity. 2012;20:1066-73.

Liang L, Sakimura-McLean J, May D, Breen C, Driggin E, Tepper BJ, Chung WK, Keller KL. Fat Discrimination: A phenotype with potential implications for studying fat intake behaviors and obesity. Physiol Behav. 2012;105(2):470-5.


Olsen AM, van Belle C, Meyermann K, Keller KL. Manipulating fat content of familiar foods at test-meals does not affect intake and liking of these foods among children. Appetite. 2011;57(3):573-77.


Sud S, Tamayo NC, Faith MS, Keller KL. Increased restrictive feeding practices areassociated with reduced energy density in 4-6 year-old multi-ethnic children at ad libitum laboratory test meals. Appetite, 2010;55(2):201-7.

Kelly B, Halford JC, Boyland EJ, Chapman K, Bautista-Castano I, Berg C, Caroli M, Cook B, Coutinho JG, Effertz T, Grammatikaki E, Keller K, Leung R, Manios Y, Monteiro R, Pedley C, Prell H, Raine K, Recine E, Serra-Majem L, Singh S, Summerbell C. Television food advertising to children: a global perspective. Am J Publ Health. 2010;100:1730-6.

Keller KL, Reid A, MacDougall MC, Cassano H, Song JL, Deng L, Lanzano P, Chung WK, Kissileff HR. Sex differences in the effects of inherited bitter thiourea sensitivity on body weight in 4-6 year-old children. Obesity. 2010;18(6):1194-1200.


Forman J, Halford JC, Summe H, MacDougall MC, Keller KL. Food branding influences ad libitum intake differently in children depending on weight status: results of a pilot study. Appetite. 2009;53:76-83.

Keller KL, Kirzner J, Pietrobelli A, St-Onge MP, Faith MS. Increased sweetened beverage intake is associated with reduced milk and calcium intake in 3-7 y. old children at multi-item laboratory lunches. J Am Diet Assoc. 2009;109(3):497-501. NIHMS99821.


Minderico CS, Silva AM, Keller K, Branco TL, Martins SS, Palmeira AL, Barata JT, Carnero EA, Rocha PM, Teixeira PJ, Sardinha LB. Usefulness of different techniques for measuring body composition changes during weight loss in overweight and obese women. Br J Nutr. 2007;26:1-10.


Keller KL, Assur SA, Torres M, Lofink HE, Thornton JC, Faith MS, Kissileff HR. Potential of an analog scaling device for measuring fullness in children: development and preliminary testing. Appetite. 2006;47(2):233-43.

Keller KL, Pietrobelli A, Johnson SL, Faith MS. Maternal restriction of children’s eating and encouragements to eat as part of the ‘non-shared environment’: a pilot study using the child feeding questionnaire. Int J Obes. 2006;30(11):1670-5.


Faith MS, Keller KL, Johnson SL, Pietrobelli A, Matz PE, Must S, Jorge MA, Cooperberg J, Heymsfield SB, Allison DB. Familial aggregation of energy intake. Am J Clin Nutr. 2004;79(5):844-50.

Keller KL, Tepper BJ. A possible role for taste sensitivity to 6-n-propylthiouracil (PROP) in dietary patterns and body weight differences in young children. Obesity Res. 2004;12:904-12.


Faith MS, Keller KL. Genetic architecture of ingestive behavior in humans. Nutrition. 2003;20(1):127-33;2003.

St.-Onge MP, Keller KL, Heymsfield SB. Changes in childhood food consumption patterns: a cause for concern in light of increasing body weights. Am J Clin Nutr. 2003;78(6):1068-73.

Faith MS, Heshka S, Keller KL, Sherry B, Matz PE, Pietrobelli A, Allison DB. Maternal-child feeding patterns and child body weight: Findings from a population-based sample. Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. 2003;157(9):926-32.


Keller KL, Pietrobelli A, Faith MS. Genetics of food intake and body composition: lessons from twin studies. Acta Diabetol. 2002;40(1):95-100.

Faith MS, Keller KL, Matz P, Johnson SL, Lewis R, Jorge MA, Ridley C, Han H, Must S,Heo M, Pietrobelli A, Heymsfield SB, Allison DB. Project Grow2gether: a study on the genetic and environmental influences on child eating and obesity. Twin Research. 2002;5(5):473-5.

Keller KL, Pietrobelli A, Must S, Faith MS. Genetics of eating and its relation to obesity. Current Atherosclerosis Reports. 2002;4(3):176-82.

Keller KL, Steinmann L, Nurse RJ, Tepper BJ. Genetic taste sensitivity to 6-n-propylthiouracil influences food preferences and reported intake in preschool children. Appetite. 2002;38(1):3-12.


McClelland JW, Keenan DP, Lewis J, Foerster S, Sugerman S, Mara P, Wu S, Lee S, Keller KL, Hersey J, Lindquist C. Review of the evaluation tools used to assess the impact of nutrition education on dietary intake and quality, weight management practices, and physical activity of low-income audiences. Journal of Nutrition Education. 2001; 33(Suppl 1):S35-S38.