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Center for Healthy Eating and Activity Research


In Light of Current Global Health Concerns

The health and safety of our patients, research participants, and staff are of the utmost importance to us and is our highest priority. In an effort to reduce the community spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the safety of everyone, the CHEAR Team will be implementing several modifications to its processes that we would like to share with you.


Starting this week several activities at CHEAR have moved to virtual settings.  Please contact your respective study coordinator for more information OR contact chear@ucsd.edu and we will get you the necessary information.   


The CHEAR Team will be aligning with the UC San Diego Health System, and will perform screenings for COVID-19 risk prior to visits at CHEAR. Visits will be rescheduled if participants meet travel criteria or have concerning symptoms. 


Lastly, please be diligent in monitoring your own health. Please call your health care provider if you are feeling ill or start to show symptoms, especially those associated with COVID-19 (i.e. fever, cough, and shortness of breath). 


Everyone at CHEAR is committed to helping families stay healthy (mentally and physically) during these challenging times.  We will be posting tips on our website and our social media for reducing stress, eating healthy, getting more physical activity and restful sleep while being at home.  These activities are important now more than ever to make sure our community stays healthy and to reduce physical vulnerability!


Follow the links below to find the most up to date information and resources regarding COVID-19.


Let’s work together to help our San Diego families stay healthy and strong!







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.


  • "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!”
  • “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.”
  • "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."
  • "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 don't know where I would be without CHEAR. Their clinicians are world-class and actually cared about my progress. I now have so much more perspective, tools, and support to understand and address my binge eating."
  • "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!!"