Center for Healthy Eating and Activity Research


Are you or a family member struggling with weight-related issues?

Are lifestyle changes harder than you imagined?

Ready to gain control over your eating and exercise habits?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, The Center for Healthy Eating and Activity Research (CHEAR) can help. 

About Chear

About chear

With locations in La Jolla and San Marcos, the Center for Healthy Eating and Activity Research (CHEAR), is dedicated to developing and providing evidence-based treatments for San Diego residents who struggle with weight and eating, including binge eating, overeating, and obesity. CHEAR offers no-cost studies for children and adolescents, and adults, and clinical services including our Binge Eating Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program


At the Center for Healthy Eating and Activity Research, each of our studies teach children and adults healthy eating habits, ways to increase physical activity, and how to organize the home to promote sustainable weight loss.

Chear Offers Treatment Programs

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

Chear Provides Clinical Services

We provide evidence-based behavioral and mental health services to children, adolescents and adults who suffer from a variety of eating and weight-related disorders including binge eating, overeating, emotional eating, weight loss/management, and gastroenterology problems, as well as eating disorders such as bulimia nervosa,  and binge eating disorder.

Binge Eating Disorder Clinic

The CHEAR Binge Eating Disorder clinic uses research-based methods to help patients train their brains to reduce binge eating. Patients learn tools to help them improve sensitivity to hunger signals, develop inhibition to foods that are beyond their caloric needs, resist giving into cravings and urges to binge eat.

Study Participants Needed

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The knowledgeable staff, copious therapy techniques, exposure trainings, and psychoeducation at CHEAR provided an invaluable experience for me. I would absolutely recommend the intensive outpatient program to anyone who struggles with binge eating, as I doubt I could have ever made this much progress--let alone in just eight weeks--without the consistent, professional support offered in a group environment.

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.

With every food that I did an exposure on, I have NO problems at all. Even after a year, I can't make myself eat more than a small serving!

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 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.

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.

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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.