Dr. Leonard Epstein is an internationally recognized authority in the fields of childhood overweight and obesity, physical activity, weight control, and family intervention – for 25 years he has been conducting cutting edge research on prevention and treatment of childhood obesity (which has included basic research on mechanisms that regulate intake and energy expenditure in children).
His current research suggests that the act of imagining a self-identified positive future event (a.k,a. Episodic Future Thinking [EFT], a form of prospection) at the point of making food-choices leads to lower food intake. Click here to listen to our interview with Dr. Epstein; he explains his latest research focus, Reinforcement Pathology, which combines two concepts involved with making food choices: the motivation to eat, measured by the reinforcing value of food, and the inability to delay gratification.
Watch Dr. Epstein’s recent presentation at NIH as part of the BSSR lecture series.