Clinical Trial

Fat Taste Sensory Study

Study Description

Fat Taste Sensory Study

Fat is the most energy dense macronutrient and consuming fat has been positively correlated to obesity. Individuals afflicted with obesity crave fat more frequently, have a higher preference for fatty taste, and consume a higher quantity of fatty foods. People who have undergone Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (RYGB) or Sleeve Gastrectomy (SG) weight-loss surgeries dramatically decrease their fat preferences and consumption of fat, at least within the first year after surgery. These surgeries are very effective in helping people lose weight over the first couple of years; however, approximately 30% of those who undergo these surgeries start regaining weight after the second year mark. Why some people are able to keep the weight off long-term but others are unable to is unclear. In addition, it is well-known that fat can modify the flavor of foods and flavor plays a critical role in consumption, as well as in responses that gear up the body to consume the food. These are known as cephalic phase responses and include neural, physiological, and hormonal aspects. The main goals of the study are twofold: 1) To test the immediate effects of RYGB surgery, SG surgery, and laparoscopic gastric banding (LAGB) surgery (a weight loss control group) on fat preferences, sensory perception, and cephalic phase responses and 2) to compare fat preferences, sensory perception, and cephalic phase responses between those who are able to achieve sustained weight loss 2-5 years after RYGB or SG surgery and those who either regained weight or did not lose the desired amount.


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No pharmaceutical medication involved No pharmaceutical medication involved
Patients and healthy individuals accepted Patients and healthy individuals accepted

Procedure - RYGB

RYGB-weight loss surgery

Procedure - SG

SG- weight loss surgery

Procedure - LAGB

LAGB- weight loss surgery

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Fat Taste Sensory Study

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