Integrating educational, environmental, and behavioral economic strategies may improve the effectiveness of obesity interventions

Joel Gittelsohn, Katherine Lee

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Abstract

Interventions that change the food environment, provide nutrition education, and employ behavioral economics strategies can potentially contribute to healthier diets and reduce the risk of chronic disease, but no attempt has been made to integrate these into the same conceptual framework. We present case studies of three multilevel, integrated interventions implemented by Johns Hopkins University between 2004-2011. We develop a conceptual model based on these case studies. Interventions and policies should effectively maximize opportunities to nudge healthier behaviors. We believe that the integration of educational, environmental, and behavioral economic strategies will balance the strengths and limitations of each approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberpps044
Pages (from-to)52-68
Number of pages17
JournalApplied Economic Perspectives and Policy
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2013

Keywords

  • Behavior change theory
  • Behavioral economics
  • Food environment
  • Food policy
  • Food store interventions
  • Nutrition education
  • Obesity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Economics and Econometrics

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