The Childhood Obesity Intervention Cost-Effectiveness Study (CHOICES) is working to help reverse the US obesity epidemic by identifying the most cost-effective childhood obesity interventions.
Adults and children in the US consume more calories from foods and beverages than they are expending. Over the past few decades, this trend has created an obesity epidemic.
Identifying what works to prevent childhood obesity has become a priority for public health researchers, policymakers, and the general public. Little attention has been paid, however, to identifying solutions that not only work, but that deliver the best results for the dollars invested in them. Some interventions can even produce cost savings. Identifying these cost-effective interventions is the goal of the CHOICES project.
CHOICES is a collaboration between the Harvard School of Public Health, Columbia University and research partners at Deakin and Queensland University in Australia. Over a three-year period, the CHOICES Research Team will assess the comparative-effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of approximately 40 interventions aimed at reducing childhood obesity, including policy changes and interventions that have been identified as being effective, promising or prevalent.