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Cara B. Ebbeling, PhD

Boston Children's Hospital

Boston Children's Hospital
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Cara B. Ebbeling, PhD

Boston Children's Hospital


  • Associate Professor, Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
  • Co-Director of Obesity Research, Endocrinology, Boston Children's Hospital


Research Abstract

Dr. Ebbeling holds a PhD in nutrition and an MS in exercise science. Moreover, she has experience in behavioral counseling for promoting dietary change and in using self-report methodology to assess diet and physical activity. She has successfully designed, implemented, and evaluated lifestyle interventions in free-living children, adolescents, and adults.

Her current research is aimed at evaluating the efficacy of weight loss diets that vary in quantity and quality of carbohydrate and fat, with particular focus on dietary glycemic index. In addition, she conducts studies to understand the role of fast food and sugar-sweetened beverages in promoting weight gain.


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  • Ebbeling CB. Sugar-sweetened beverages and body weight. Curr. Opin. Lipidol. 2014; 25:1-7. PubMed
  • Lennerz BS, Alsop DC, Holsen LM, Stern E, Rojas R, Ebbeling CB, Goldstein JM, Ludwig DS. Effects of dietary glycemic index on brain regions related to reward and craving in men. Am J Clin Nutr 2013; 98:641-7. PubMed
  • Ramon-Krauel M, Salsberg SL, Ebbeling CB, Voss SD, Mulkern RV, Apura MM, Cooke EA, Sarao K, Jonas MM, Ludwig DS. A low-glycemic-load versus low-fat diet in the treatment of fatty liver in obese children. Child Obes 2013; 9:252-60. PubMed
  • Nagler EM, Pednekar MS, Viswanath K, Sinha DN, Aghi MB, Pischke CR, Ebbeling CB, Lando HA, Gupta PC, Sorensen GC. Designing in the social context: using the social contextual model of health behavior change to develop a tobacco control intervention for teachers in India. 2013. PubMed
  • Sorensen G, Stoddard A, Quintiliani L, Ebbeling C, Nagler E, Yang M, Pereira L, Wallace L. Tobacco use cessation and weight management among motor freight workers: results of the gear up for health study. Cancer Causes Control 2010; 21:2113-22. PubMed
  • Rhodes ET, Ebbeling CB, Meyers AF, Bayerl CT, Ooi WL, Bettencourt MF, Ludwig DS. Pediatric obesity management: variation by specialty and awareness of guidelines. Clin Pediatr (Phila) 2007; 46:491-504. PubMed
  • Ebbeling CB, Leidig MM, Feldman HA, Lovesky MM, Ludwig DS. Effects of a low-glycemic load vs low-fat diet in obese young adults: a randomized trial. JAMA 2007; 297:2092-102. PubMed
  • Ebbeling CB, Garcia-Lago E, Leidig MM, Seger-Shippee LG, Feldman HA, Ludwig DS. Altering portion sizes and eating rate to attenuate gorging during a fast food meal: effects on energy intake. Pediatrics 2007; 119:869-75. PubMed
  • Ebbeling CB, Pearson MN, Sorensen G, Levine RA, Hebert JR, Salkeld JA, Peterson KE. Conceptualization and development of a theory-based healthful eating and physical activity intervention for postpartum women who are low income. Health Promot Pract 2006; 8:50-9. PubMed
  • Ebbeling CB, Feldman HA, Osganian SK, Chomitz VR, Ellenbogen SJ, Ludwig DS. Effects of decreasing sugar-sweetened beverage consumption on body weight in adolescents: a randomized, controlled pilot study. Pediatrics 2006; 117:673-80. PubMed