Brittany A. Windus, Hannah K. McGrath, and Gregory J. Privitera, Ph.D. to Present at EPA

Delay Discounting as an Overlapping Cognitive Mechanism of Depression and Obesity

This study tested the extent to which “self-control,” measured using a delay to gratification (DTG) task is co-related to BMI and Depression diagnostic thresholds. Participants completed a DTG task by choosing between one small immediate reward and one successively larger delayed reward with indifference points calculated; BMI, HAMD, and sex were also recorded. Results suggest that reduced cognitive affective self-control for impulsive food choices may be a shared cognitive mechanism for depression and obesity.