Project EAT and F-EAT

Project Eating and Activity in Teens (EAT) and Families and Eating and Activity in Teens (F-EAT) is a series of National Institutes of Health-funded studies examining individual, dyadic, and familial level weight and weight-related risk and protective factors related to adolescents' weight status, eating patterns, and physical activity. Berge serves as a co-investigator.

In the media



Berge JM, Winkler M, Eisenberg M, Folsey A, Larson N, Miller J, Neumark-Sztainer D. (2018). Intergenerational transmission of parent encouragement to diet from adolescence into adulthood. Pediatrics, ePub ahead of print. PMC Journal - In Process.


Berge JM, Miller J, Watts A, Larson N, Loth K, Neumark-Sztainer D. (2017). Intergenerational Transmission of Family Meal Patterns from Adolescence to Parenthood: Longitudinal Associations with Parents’ Dietary Intake, Weight-related Behaviors, and Psychosocial Well-being. Public Health Nutrition, ePub ahead of print


Berge JM, MacLehose R, Larson N, Laska M, Neumark-Sztainer D. (2016). Family food preparation and its effects on adolescent dietary quality and eating patterns. Journal of Adolescent Health.

Berge JM, Pratt K, Miller L. (2016). Weight Conversations in Romantic Relationships: What Do They Sound Like and How do Partners Respond? Families, Systems and Health

Larson N, Wang Q, Berge JM, Shanafelt A, Nanney MS. Eating breakfast together as a family: mealtime experiences and associations with dietary intake among adolescents in rural Minnesota, USA. Public Health Nutr. 2016;19(9):1565-74.

Loth KA, MacLehose RF, Larson N, Berge JM, Neumark-Sztainer D. Food availability, modeling and restriction: How are these different aspects of the family eating environment related to adolescent dietary intake? Appetite. 2016;96:80-6.


Goldschmidt AB, Loth KA, MacLehose RF, Pisetsky EM, Berge JM, Neumark-Sztainer D. Overeating with and without loss of control: Associations with weight status, weight-related characteristics, and psychosocial health. Int J Eat Disord. 2015;48(8):1150-7.

Berge JM, Wall M, Hsueh TF, Fulkerson JA, Larson N, Neumark-Sztainer D. The protective role of family meals for youth obesity: 10-year longitudinal associations. J Pediatr. 2015;166(2):296-301.

Zubatsky M, Berge JM, Neumark-Sztainer D. Longitudinal associations between parenting style and adolescent disordered eating behaviors. Eat Weight Disord. 2015;20(2):187-94.

Larson N, Eisenberg ME, Berge JM, Arcan C, Neumark-Sztainer D. Ethnic/racial disparities in adolescents' home food environments and linkages to dietary intake and weight status. Eat Behav. 2015;16:43-6.


Eisenberg ME, Larson NI, Berge JM, Thul C, Neumark-Sztainer D. The home physical activity environment and adolescent BMI, physical activity and TV viewing: Disparities across a diverse sample. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2014;1(4):326-36.

Fulkerson JA, Loth K, Bruening M, Berge J, Eisenberg ME, Neumark-Sztainer D. Time 2 tlk 2nite: use of electronic media by adolescents during family meals and associations with demographic characteristics, family characteristics, and foods served. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2014;114(7):1053-8.

Berge JM, Bauer KW, Maclehose R, Eisenberg ME, Neumark-Sztainer D. Associations between relationship status and day-to-day health behaviors and weight among diverse young adults. Fam Syst Health. 2014;32(1):67-77.

Berge JM, Wall M, Larson N, Forsyth A, Bauer KW, Neumark-Sztainer D. Youth dietary intake and weight status: healthful neighborhood food environments enhance the protective role of supportive family home environments. Health Place. 2014;26:69-77.

Berge JM, Wall M, Larson N, Eisenberg ME, Loth KA, Neumark-Sztainer D. The unique and additive associations of family functioning and parenting practices with disordered eating behaviors in diverse adolescents. J Behav Med. 2014;37(2):205-17.

Arcan C, Larson N, Bauer K, Berge J, Story M, Neumark-Sztainer D. Dietary and weight-related behaviors and body mass index among Hispanic, Hmong, Somali, and white adolescents. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2014;114(3):375-83.

Neumark-Sztainer D, MacLehose R, Loth K, Fulkerson JA, Eisenberg ME, Berge J. What's for dinner? Types of food served at family dinner differ across parent and family characteristics. Public Health Nutr. 2014;17(1):145-55.


Berge JM, Jin S*, Hannan P, Neumark-Sztainer DN. (2013). Structural and interpersonal characteristics of family meals: Associations with adolescent body mass index and dietary patterns. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Berge JM, MacLehose R, Loth K, Eisenberg M, Bucchianeri MM, Neumark-Sztainer DN. (2013). Parent conversations about healthful eating and weight: Associations with adolescent disordered eating behaviors. Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics

Berge JM, Wall M, Larson N, Loth KA, Neumark-Sztainer D. Family functioning: associations with weight status, eating behaviors, and physical activity in adolescents. J Adolesc Health. 2013;52(3):351-7.

Larson N, MacLehose R, Fulkerson JA, Berge JM, Story M, Neumark-Sztainer D. Eating breakfast and dinner together as a family: associations with sociodemographic characteristics and implications for diet quality and weight status. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2013;113(12):1601-9.

Eisenberg ME, Berge JM, Neumark-Sztainer D. Dieting and encouragement to diet by significant others: associations with disordered eating in young adults. Am J Health Promot. 2013;27(6):370-7.


Bauer KW, Hearst MO, Escoto K, Berge JM, Neumark-Sztainer D. Parental employment and work-family stress: associations with family food environments. Soc Sci Medicine. 2012;75(3):496-504.

Berge JM, MacLehose R, Eisenberg ME, Laska MN, Neumark-Sztainer D. How significant is the ‘significant other’? Associations between significant others’ health behaviors and attitudes and young adults’ health outcomes. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2012;9:35.

Berge JM, MacLehose RF, Loth KA, Eisenberg ME, Fulkerson JA, Neumark-Sztainer D. Family meals. Associations with weight and eating behaviors among mothers and fathers. Appetite. 2012;58(3):1128-35.

Eisenberg ME, Berge JM, Fulkerson JA, Neumark-Sztainer D. Associations between hurtful weight-related comments by family and significant other and the development of disordered eating behaviors in young adults. J Behav Med. 2012;35(5):500-8.

Berge JM, Bauer KW, Eisenberg ME, Denny K, Neumark-Sztainer D. Psychosocial and health behavior outcomes of young adults with asthma or diabetes. J Community Med Health Educ. 2012;2(4):144.


Berge JM, Larson N, Bauer KW, Neumark-Sztainer D. Are parents of young children practicing healthy nutrition and physical activity behaviors? Pediatrics. 2011;127(5):881-7.

Eisenberg ME, Berge JM, Fulkerson JA, Neumark-Sztainer D. Weight comments by family and significant others in young adulthood. Body Image. 2011;8(1):12-9.

Loth KA, Bauer KW, Wall M, Berge JM, Neumark-Sztainer D. Body satisfaction during pregnancy. Body Image. 2011;8(3):297-300.

Bauer KW, Berge JM, Neumark-Sztainer D. The importance of families to adolescents' physical activity and dietary intake. Adolesc Med State Art Rev. 2011;22(3):601-13, xiii.


Berge JM, Wall M, Bauer KW, Neumark-Sztainer D. Parenting characteristics in the home environment and adolescent overweight: a latent class analysis. Obesity. 2010;18(4):818-25.

Berge JM, Wall M, Loth K, Neumark-Sztainer D. Parenting style as a predictor of adolescent weight and weight-related behaviors. J Adolesc Health. 2010;46(4):331-8.

Berge JM, Wall M, Neumark-Sztainer D, Larson N, Story M. Parenting style and family meals: cross-sectional and 5-year longitudinal associations. J Am Diet Assoc. 2010;110(7):1036-42.