Momentum Center | Driving Discovery to End Childhood Obesity

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Cin Cin Tan, PhD More
Research Investigator
Specialty: role of parents in feeding their children, children's self-regulation in eating in association with weight status

The goal of Dr. Tan’s research is to better understand the etiology of childhood obesity. Her research crosses developmental, social, and health psychology in order to understand factors that relate to the development of healthy eating behaviors and attitudes about weight. She focuses on the development of healthy eating behaviors in children and links with parents’ feeding behaviors; with an interest in children’s ability to self-regulate food intake based on internal cues of hunger and satiety, as well as the role of emotions in children’s eating behaviors (i.e., emotional eating). Her second line of research focuses on attitudes about weight in children and adults, specifically the associations between parents’ and children’s weight prejudice and other factors related to this prejudice, such as beliefs about the controllability of weight.