[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP150100105]
Researchers Prof Richard Stevenson; Prof Robert Boakes; Dr Megan Oaten; Prof Martin Yeomans
Brief description Animals fed a Western-style (W-S) diet high in saturated fat and added sugar rapidly develop cognitive impairments, which include disrupted food-intake control. This project aims to see if this also occurs in lean healthy people who eat a W-S diet. That is are W-S diets associated with impaired cognition, and especially food-intake control, in adults and children and is this caused by a W-S diet? Obesity is a major public health issue and the significance of this project lies in testing a new account of how overeating may first occur. The expected outcome will be to show that a W-S diet can disrupt various aspects of cognition in adults and children, including food-intake control, providing an entirely new basis to argue for a better diet.
Funding Amount $307,000
Funding Scheme Discovery Projects