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Center for Healthy Eating and Activity Research


The Center for Healthy Eating and Activity Research develops and provides novel treatments for promoting healthy eating and weight management to children and adults through science, innovation, and collaboration.

UCSD CHEAR is dedicated to developing state of the art interventions for obesity and overeating based on basic behavioral science, cognitive science and neuroscience. Our vision is to provide excellence in research, patient care, and education as it relates to obesity and eating-related disorders. Our research and services are designed to help individuals overcome and/or manage their weight-related issues throughout their lifetime.

We are currently recruiting for new studies: CHARGE and FRESH TEEN enrolling in 2019. 

We are excited to announce the opening of our newest location in San Marcos. We look forward to serving the North County community. 

What We Offer

Treatment Programs

We offer programs for weight loss, overeating, and emotional eating as part of our clinical research studies. Programs are available for children, adolescents, and adults.

Clinical Services

We are delighted to partner with health providers throughout the community to help combat obesity and collaborate in patient care.  We frequently receive referrals from pediatricians, school nurses, and primary care providers and welcome the opportunity to collaborate with you.

Give Back

We are a 501(c) non-profit organization and are delighted to have such strong support from our community. Any amount helps us keep our services running and we appreciate your generosity.


  • "It's wonderful that this resource exists in our community. Such great learning for both kids and parents. And hard to believe that it not only doesn't cost anything, but you also get gift cards, and toys for the kids! We have really appreciated the two studies that we have done, and I think it has helped set my daughter on a healthier path."
  • "I recommend this program wholeheartedly! My entire family is now so much more aware and informed about how to be help my son - who now feels much more empowered and in control of his cravings. This program has helped him so much. Thank you!!"
  • “I am so grateful that we were recommended to this program. It has not only brought my daughter and I closer together but has eased my worries about the health of my daughter.”
  • "My involvement with FRESH, from my perspective, was one of the best decisions my family has ever made. I have stopped gaining weight and started losing weight---15 pounds!”
  • "The program gave my 8 year old son and me a new understanding about food and the choices we need to make, to be healthy. The experience and the support we have gotten from the staff have only been positive."
  • "I've been with CHEAR for over a month, and it's been a life-changing experience. I have my control back, and it feels amazing to work with such caring people."