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February 17, 2020

Behavioral Economic Insights for Pediatric Obesity: Suggestions for Translating the Guidelines for Our Patients

Author Affiliations
  • 1Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina
  • 2Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
  • 3Children’s Health and Discovery Initiative, Department of Pediatrics, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina
JAMA Pediatr. 2020;174(4):319-320. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.6013

Clinical guidelines recommend that physicians counsel patients about a host of obesity-related health behaviors, including providing guidance about physical activity and nutrition to prevent and treat obesity. Despite considerable time and effort spent encouraging healthy eating and more exercise, substantial improvements in these behaviors or obesity outcomes have not been realized. Why? Because we are not translating evidence-based obesity-related guidelines into behaviorally sound recommendations for patients.

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