Kendrin Sonneville is a behavioral scientist and public health prevention researcher whose research interests include the intersection of eating disorders and obesity and the integrated prevention of weight-related disorders. Dr. Sonneville has used large cohort studies of youth to study the predictors and consequences of binge eating. The principal goals of her research are to better characterize eating behaviors and psychosocial sequelae of severe obesity, to understand the significance of body satisfaction and weight misperception among obese youth, and to identify approaches which will facilitate early identification and increase treatment-seeking among youth with disordered eating behaviors. 


Dr. Sonneville is a registered dietitian, Director of Nutrition Training in the Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine in Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, Co-Director of the PREP multidisciplinary obesity clinic, and Co-Director of the Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders (STRIPED) based at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard School of Public health. Dr. Sonneville is a past recipient of the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and received the 2012 Estherann Grace Teaching Award from the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital.

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  1. Ajibewa TA, Zhou M, Barry MR, Miller AL, Sonneville KR, Leung CW, Hasson RE. Adolescent stress: A predictor of dieting behaviors in youth with overweight/obesity. Appetite. 2020 Apr 01; 147:104560. View abstract
  2. Levinson JA, Sarda V, Sonneville K, Calzo JP, Ambwani S, Austin SB. Diet Pill and Laxative Use for Weight Control and Subsequent Incident Eating Disorder in US Young Women: 2001-2016. Am J Public Health. 2020 Jan; 110(1):109-111. View abstract
  3. Hazzard VM, Miller AL, Bauer KW, Mukherjee B, Sonneville KR. Mother-Child and Father-Child Connectedness in Adolescence and Disordered Eating Symptoms in Young Adulthood. J Adolesc Health. 2019 Nov 10. View abstract
  4. Lipson SK, Sonneville KR. Understanding suicide risk and eating disorders in college student populations: Results from a National Study. Int J Eat Disord. 2019 Oct 22. View abstract
  5. Hazzard VM, Bauer KW, Mukherjee B, Miller AL, Sonneville KR. Associations between childhood maltreatment latent classes and eating disorder symptoms in a nationally representative sample of young adults in the United States. Child Abuse Negl. 2019 Dec; 98:104171. View abstract
  6. Twarog JP, Peraj E, Vaknin OS, Russo AT, Woo-Baidal JA, Sonneville KR. Consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and obesity in SNAP-eligible children and adolescents. Prim Care Diabetes. 2019 Aug 19. View abstract
  7. Sonneville KR, Mulpuri L, Khreizat I, Nichols LP, Plegue MA, Chang T. Youth Preferences for Weight-Related Conversations. Health Commun. 2019 Jul 10; 1-6. View abstract
  8. Ziobrowski HN, Sonneville KR, Eddy KT, Crosby RD, Micali N, Horton NJ, Field AE. Maternal Eating Disorders and Eating Disorder Treatment Among Girls in the Growing Up Today Study. J Adolesc Health. 2019 Oct; 65(4):469-475. View abstract
  9. Barry M, Sonneville K, Leung C. Food Insecurity Associated with Screening Positive for a Possible Eating Disorder Among Students Attending a Large, Public University in the Midwest (P04-035-19). Curr Dev Nutr. 2019 Jun; 3(Suppl 1). View abstract
  10. Gallagher KA, Sonneville KR, Hazzard VM, Carson TL, Needham BL. Evaluating gender bias in an eating disorder risk assessment questionnaire for athletes. Eat Disord. 2019 May 11; 1-13. View abstract
  11. Hazzard VM, Hahn SL, Bauer KW, Sonneville KR. Binge eating-related concerns and depressive symptoms in young adulthood: Seven-year longitudinal associations and differences by race/ethnicity. Eat Behav. 2019 01; 32:90-94. View abstract
  12. Schulte EM, Sonneville KR, Gearhardt AN. Subjective experiences of highly processed food consumption in individuals with food addiction. Psychol Addict Behav. 2019 Mar; 33(2):144-153. View abstract
  13. Sonneville KR, Rodgers RF. Shared Concerns and Opportunity for Joint Action in Creating a Food Environment That Supports Health. Nutrients. 2018 Dec 25; 11(1). View abstract
  14. Glazer KB, Sonneville KR, Micali N, Swanson SA, Crosby R, Horton NJ, Eddy KT, Field AE. The Course of Eating Disorders Involving Bingeing and Purging Among Adolescent Girls: Prevalence, Stability, and Transitions. J Adolesc Health. 2019 02; 64(2):165-171. View abstract
  15. Resnicow K, Sonneville KR, Naar S. The Heterogeneity of MI Interventions Studies for Treatment of Obesity. Pediatrics. 2018 11; 142(5). View abstract
  16. Mackey C, Plegue MA, Deames M, Kittle M, Sonneville KR, Chang T. Family physicians' knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors regarding the weight effects of added sugar. SAGE Open Med. 2018; 6:2050312118801245. View abstract
  17. Van Sparrentak M, Chang T, Miller AL, Nichols LP, Sonneville KR. Youth Opinions About Guns and Gun Control in the United States. JAMA Pediatr. 2018 09 01; 172(9):884-886. View abstract
  18. F Rodgers R, Sonneville K. Research for leveraging food policy in universal eating disorder prevention. Int J Eat Disord. 2018 06; 51(6):503-506. View abstract
  19. Hahn SL, Borton KA, Sonneville KR. Cross-sectional associations between weight-related health behaviors and weight misperception among U.S. adolescents with overweight/obesity. BMC Public Health. 2018 04 18; 18(1):514. View abstract
  20. Kamody RC, Thurston IB, Decker KM, Kaufman CC, Sonneville KR, Richmond TK. Relating shape/weight based self-esteem, depression, and anxiety with weight and perceived physical health among young adults. Body Image. 2018 Jun; 25:168-176. View abstract
  21. Bauer KW, Lumeng JC, Sonneville KR. Parenting in an Obesogenic Environment: Ghosts at the Dinner Table. Pediatrics. 2018 04; 141(4). View abstract
  22. Sonneville KR, Lipson SK. Disparities in eating disorder diagnosis and treatment according to weight status, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic background, and sex among college students. Int J Eat Disord. 2018 06; 51(6):518-526. View abstract
  23. Hazzard VM, Borton KA, Bauer KW, Sonneville KR. Cross-sectional associations between gender-linked personality traits and use of weight-loss and muscle-building products among U.S. young adults. Eat Disord. 2018 Sep-Oct; 26(5):418-429. View abstract
  24. DeJonckheere M, Nichols LP, Moniz MH, Sonneville KR, Vydiswaran VGV, Zhao X, Guetterman TC, Chang T. MyVoice National Text Message Survey of Youth Aged 14 to 24 Years: Study Protocol. JMIR Res Protoc. 2017 Dec 11; 6(12):e247. View abstract
  25. Rancourt D, Thurston IB, Sonneville KR, Milliren CE, Richmond TK. Longitudinal impact of weight misperception and intent to change weight on body mass index of adolescents and young adults with overweight or obesity. Eat Behav. 2017 12; 27:7-13. View abstract
  26. Hazzard VM, Hahn SL, Sonneville KR. Weight misperception and disordered weight control behaviors among U.S. high school students with overweight and obesity: Associations and trends, 1999-2013. Eat Behav. 2017 08; 26:189-195. View abstract
  27. Unger ES, Kawachi I, Milliren CE, Sonneville KR, Thurston IB, Gooding HC, Richmond TK. Protective Misperception? Prospective Study of Weight Self-Perception and Blood Pressure in Adolescents With Overweight and Obesity. J Adolesc Health. 2017 Jun; 60(6):680-687. View abstract
  28. Thurston IB, Sonneville KR, Milliren CE, Kamody RC, Gooding HC, Richmond TK. Cross-sectional and Prospective Examination of Weight Misperception and Depressive Symptoms Among Youth with Overweight and Obesity. Prev Sci. 2017 02; 18(2):152-163. View abstract
  29. Lipson SK, Sonneville KR. Eating disorder symptoms among undergraduate and graduate students at 12 U.S. colleges and universities. Eat Behav. 2017 01; 24:81-88. View abstract
  30. Calzo JP, Sonneville KR, Scherer EA, Jackson B, Austin SB. Gender Conformity and Use of Laxatives and Muscle-Building Products in Adolescents and Young Adults. Pediatrics. 2016 08; 138(2). View abstract
  31. Chang T, Ravi N, Plegue MA, Sonneville KR, Davis MM. Inadequate Hydration, BMI, and Obesity Among US Adults: NHANES 2009-2012. Ann Fam Med. 2016 07; 14(4):320-4. View abstract
  32. Micali N, Horton NJ, Crosby RD, Swanson SA, Sonneville KR, Solmi F, Calzo JP, Eddy KT, Field AE. Eating disorder behaviours amongst adolescents: investigating classification, persistence and prospective associations with adverse outcomes using latent class models. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2017 Feb; 26(2):231-240. View abstract
  33. Calzo JP, Horton NJ, Sonneville KR, Swanson SA, Crosby RD, Micali N, Eddy KT, Field AE. Male Eating Disorder Symptom Patterns and Health Correlates From 13 to 26 Years of Age. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2016 08; 55(8):693-700.e2. View abstract
  34. Sonneville KR, Thurston IB, Milliren CE, Gooding HC, Richmond TK. Weight misperception among young adults with overweight/obesity associated with disordered eating behaviors. Int J Eat Disord. 2016 Oct; 49(10):937-946. View abstract
  35. Twarog JP, Politis MD, Woods EL, Daniel LM, Sonneville KR. Is obesity becoming the new normal? Age, gender and racial/ethnic differences in parental misperception of obesity as being 'About the Right Weight'. Int J Obes (Lond). 2016 07; 40(7):1051-5. View abstract
  36. Kenney EL, Redman MT, Criss S, Sonneville KR, Austin SB. Are K-12 school environments harming students with obesity? A qualitative study of classroom teachers. Eat Weight Disord. 2017 Mar; 22(1):141-152. View abstract
  37. Bryn Austin S, Ziyadeh NJ, Calzo JP, Sonneville KR, Kennedy GA, Roberts AL, Haines J, Scherer EA. Gender expression associated with BMI in a prospective cohort study of US adolescents. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2016 Feb; 24(2):506-15. View abstract
  38. Twarog JP, Sonneville KR. Reducing Weight Stigma in the Health Care Setting: Important Considerations for Medical Education. JAMA Pediatr. 2015 Dec; 169(12):1178. View abstract
  39. Sonneville KR. Body Satisfaction Among Girls With Obesity: A Strong Case for #Loveyourbody. J Adolesc Health. 2015 Nov; 57(5):451-2. View abstract
  40. Gortmaker SL, Wang YC, Long MW, Giles CM, Ward ZJ, Barrett JL, Kenney EL, Sonneville KR, Afzal AS, Resch SC, Cradock AL. Three Interventions That Reduce Childhood Obesity Are Projected To Save More Than They Cost To Implement. Health Aff (Millwood). 2015 Nov; 34(11):1932-9. View abstract
  41. Sonneville KR, Thurston IB, Milliren CE, Kamody RC, Gooding HC, Richmond TK. Helpful or harmful? Prospective association between weight misperception and weight gain among overweight and obese adolescents and young adults. Int J Obes (Lond). 2016 Feb; 40(2):328-32. View abstract
  42. Gortmaker SL, Long MW, Resch SC, Ward ZJ, Cradock AL, Barrett JL, Wright DR, Sonneville KR, Giles CM, Carter RC, Moodie ML, Sacks G, Swinburn BA, Hsiao A, Vine S, Barendregt J, Vos T, Wang YC. Cost Effectiveness of Childhood Obesity Interventions: Evidence and Methods for CHOICES. Am J Prev Med. 2015 Jul; 49(1):102-11. View abstract
  43. Sonneville KR, Long MW, Ward ZJ, Resch SC, Wang YC, Pomeranz JL, Moodie ML, Carter R, Sacks G, Swinburn BA, Gortmaker SL. BMI and Healthcare Cost Impact of Eliminating Tax Subsidy for Advertising Unhealthy Food to Youth. Am J Prev Med. 2015 Jul; 49(1):124-34. View abstract
  44. Micali N, Solmi F, Horton NJ, Crosby RD, Eddy KT, Calzo JP, Sonneville KR, Swanson SA, Field AE. Adolescent Eating Disorders Predict Psychiatric, High-Risk Behaviors and Weight Outcomes in Young Adulthood. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2015 Aug; 54(8):652-659.e1. View abstract
  45. Sonneville KR, Duncan DT, Johnson RM, Almeida J. Are first-generation adolescents less likely to be overweight? Results from a survey of Boston youth. J Immigr Minor Health. 2015 Apr; 17(2):605-9. View abstract
  46. Almeida J, Duncan DT, Sonneville KR. Obesogenic behaviors among adolescents: the role of generation and time in the United States. Ethn Dis. 2015; 25(1):58-64. View abstract
  47. Sonneville KR, Calzo JP, Horton NJ, Field AE, Crosby RD, Solmi F, Micali N. Childhood hyperactivity/inattention and eating disturbances predict binge eating in adolescence. Psychol Med. 2015; 45(12):2511-20. View abstract
  48. Samnaliev M, Noh HL, Sonneville KR, Austin SB. The economic burden of eating disorders and related mental health comorbidities: An exploratory analysis using the U.S. Medical Expenditures Panel Survey. Prev Med Rep. 2015; 2:32-4. View abstract
  49. Sonneville KR, Grilo CM, Richmond TK, Thurston IB, Jernigan M, Gianini L, Field AE. Prospective association between overvaluation of weight and binge eating among overweight adolescent girls. J Adolesc Health. 2015 Jan; 56(1):25-9. View abstract
  50. Sonneville KR, Long MW, Rifas-Shiman SL, Kleinman K, Gillman MW, Taveras EM. Juice and water intake in infancy and later beverage intake and adiposity: could juice be a gateway drink? Obesity (Silver Spring). 2015 Jan; 23(1):170-6. View abstract
  51. Falbe J, Willett WC, Rosner B, Gortmaker SL, Sonneville KR, Field AE. Longitudinal relations of television, electronic games, and digital versatile discs with changes in diet in adolescents. Am J Clin Nutr. 2014 Oct; 100(4):1173-81. View abstract
  52. Richmond TK, Thurston I, Sonneville K, Milliren CE, Walls CE, Austin SB. Racial/ethnic differences in accuracy of body mass index reporting in a diverse cohort of young adults. Int J Obes (Lond). 2015 Mar; 39(3):546-8. View abstract
  53. Wright DR, Austin SB, LeAnn Noh H, Jiang Y, Sonneville KR. The cost-effectiveness of school-based eating disorder screening. Am J Public Health. 2014 Sep; 104(9):1774-82. View abstract
  54. Field AE, Sonneville KR, Falbe J, Flint A, Haines J, Rosner B, Camargo CA. Association of sports drinks with weight gain among adolescents and young adults. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2014 Oct; 22(10):2238-43. View abstract
  55. Solmi F, Sonneville KR, Easter A, Horton NJ, Crosby RD, Treasure J, Rodriguez A, Jarvelin MR, Field AE, Micali N. Prevalence of purging at age 16 and associations with negative outcomes among girls in three community-based cohorts. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2015 Jan; 56(1):87-96. View abstract
  56. Swanson SA, Horton NJ, Crosby RD, Micali N, Sonneville KR, Eddy K, Field AE. A latent class analysis to empirically describe eating disorders through developmental stages. Int J Eat Disord. 2014 Nov; 47(7):762-72. View abstract
  57. Swanson SA, Aloisio KM, Horton NJ, Sonneville KR, Crosby RD, Eddy KT, Field AE, Micali N. Assessing eating disorder symptoms in adolescence: is there a role for multiple informants? Int J Eat Disord. 2014 Jul; 47(5):475-82. View abstract
  58. Field AE, Sonneville KR, Crosby RD, Swanson SA, Eddy KT, Camargo CA, Horton NJ, Micali N. Prospective associations of concerns about physique and the development of obesity, binge drinking, and drug use among adolescent boys and young adult men. JAMA Pediatr. 2014 Jan; 168(1):34-9. View abstract
  59. Austin SB, Gordon AR, Kennedy GA, Sonneville KR, Blossom J, Blood EA. Spatial distribution of cosmetic-procedure businesses in two U.S. cities: a pilot mapping and validation study. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2013 Dec 06; 10(12):6832-62. View abstract
  60. Falbe J, Rosner B, Willett WC, Sonneville KR, Hu FB, Field AE. Adiposity and different types of screen time. Pediatrics. 2013 Dec; 132(6):e1497-505. View abstract
  61. Austin SB, Sonneville KR. Closing the "know-do" gap: training public health professionals in eating disorders prevention via case-method teaching. Int J Eat Disord. 2013 Jul; 46(5):533-7. View abstract
  62. Sonneville KR, Rifas-Shiman SL, Haines J, Gortmaker S, Mitchell KF, Gillman MW, Taveras EM. Associations of parental control of feeding with eating in the absence of hunger and food sneaking, hiding, and hoarding. Child Obes. 2013 Aug; 9(4):346-9. View abstract
  63. Sonneville KR, Horton NJ, Micali N, Crosby RD, Swanson SA, Solmi F, Field AE. Longitudinal associations between binge eating and overeating and adverse outcomes among adolescents and young adults: does loss of control matter? JAMA Pediatr. 2013 Feb; 167(2):149-55. View abstract
  64. Dwyer J, Eisenberg A, Prelack K, Song WO, Sonneville K, Ziegler P. Eating attitudes and food intakes of elite adolescent female figure skaters: a cross sectional study. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2012 Dec 13; 9(1):53. View abstract
  65. Field AE, Sonneville KR, Micali N, Crosby RD, Swanson SA, Laird NM, Treasure J, Solmi F, Horton NJ. Prospective association of common eating disorders and adverse outcomes. Pediatrics. 2012 Aug; 130(2):e289-95. View abstract
  66. Sonneville KR, Gordon CM, Kocher MS, Pierce LM, Ramappa A, Field AE. Vitamin d, calcium, and dairy intakes and stress fractures among female adolescents. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2012 Jul 01; 166(7):595-600. View abstract
  67. Sonneville KR, Calzo JP, Horton NJ, Haines J, Austin SB, Field AE. Body satisfaction, weight gain and binge eating among overweight adolescent girls. Int J Obes (Lond). 2012 Jul; 36(7):944-9. View abstract
  68. Calzo JP, Sonneville KR, Haines J, Blood EA, Field AE, Austin SB. The development of associations among body mass index, body dissatisfaction, and weight and shape concern in adolescent boys and girls. J Adolesc Health. 2012 Nov; 51(5):517-23. View abstract
  69. Sonneville KR, Rifas-Shiman SL, Kleinman KP, Gortmaker SL, Gillman MW, Taveras EM. Associations of obesogenic behaviors in mothers and obese children participating in a randomized trial. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2012 Jul; 20(7):1449-54. View abstract
  70. Hohman KH, Price SN, Sonneville K, Rifas-Shiman SL, Gortmaker SL, Gillman MW, Taveras EM. Can the Internet be used to reach parents for family-based childhood obesity interventions? Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2012 Apr; 51(4):314-20. View abstract
  71. Sonneville KR, Rifas-Shiman SL, Oken E, Peterson KE, Gortmaker SL, Gillman MW, Taveras EM. Longitudinal association of maternal attempt to lose weight during the postpartum period and child obesity at age 3 years. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2011 Oct; 19(10):2046-52. View abstract
  72. Sonneville KR, La Pelle N, Taveras EM, Gillman MW, Prosser LA. Economic and other barriers to adopting recommendations to prevent childhood obesity: results of a focus group study with parents. BMC Pediatr. 2009 Dec 21; 9:81. View abstract
  73. Evans EW, Sonneville KR. BMI report cards: will they pass or fail in the fight against pediatric obesity? Curr Opin Pediatr. 2009 Aug; 21(4):431-6. View abstract
  74. Asante PA, Cox J, Sonneville K, Samuels RC, Taveras EM. Overweight prevention in pediatric primary care: a needs assessment of an urban racial/ethnic minority population. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2009 Oct; 48(8):837-43. View abstract
  75. Taveras EM, Hohman KH, Price S, Gortmaker SL, Sonneville K. Televisions in the bedrooms of racial/ethnic minority children: how did they get there and how do we get them out? Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2009 Sep; 48(7):715-9. View abstract
  76. Wang YC, Ludwig DS, Sonneville K, Gortmaker SL. Impact of change in sweetened caloric beverage consumption on energy intake among children and adolescents. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2009 Apr; 163(4):336-43. View abstract
  77. Sonneville KR, Gortmaker SL. Total energy intake, adolescent discretionary behaviors and the energy gap. Int J Obes (Lond). 2008 Dec; 32 Suppl 6:S19-27. View abstract