IHRP Guest Lecture: Lead Foot and Worn Brakes

Reinforcement Pathology of Obesity

Epstein, Leonard H. (2015, Nov. 5) Lead Foot and Worn Brakes: Reinforcement Pathology of Obesity [PDF of PowerPoint slides]. Institute for Health Research and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Obesity is characterized by a strong motivation to eat and difficulties in delaying gratification. Reinforcement pathology is a theoretical approach combining food reinforcement and delay discounting to better understand the origins of obesity and new treatment opportunities. The interaction of these two factors in obesity will be discussed, as well as new treatment approaches to reduce food reinforcement and improve the ability to delay gratification.

Dr. Leonard Epstein is State University of New York Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, Community Health and Health Behavior, and Social and Preventive Medicine, and the Chief of the Division of Behavioral Medicine at the University of Buffalo.

For over three decades, he has conducted research on the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity, including close examination of the mechanisms that regulate intake and energy expenditure in children. Trained as a clinical psychologist, he now employs behavioral economic approaches in his research. Learn more about Dr. Epstein.

View Dr. Epstein's presentation (PDF).