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May 2015

Nudging Students Toward Healthier Food Choices—Applying Insights From Behavioral Economics

Author Affiliations
  • 1Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • 2Leonard Davis Institute Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • 3Department of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • 4Department of Health Care Management, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • 5Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
JAMA Pediatr. 2015;169(5):425-426. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.0217

Almost one-third of school-aged children are overweight or obese, a level that has not improved over the past decade.1 Overweight children are more likely to become overweight adults.2 Even more concerning is that childhood obesity is associated with higher morbidity and mortality later in life, independent of adult obesity.3 Interventions to improve diet have been demonstrated to reduce weight and improve metabolic outcomes among children and adolescents.4 However, adopting and maintaining these healthier habits is challenging, and new strategies are needed.

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