A CHOICES study identifying cost-effective nutrition interventions with broad population reach highlights the importance of primary prevention for policy makers aiming to reduce childhood obesity.
The United States will not be able to treat its way out of the obesity epidemic with current clinical practice. Instead, reversing the tide of obesity will require expanded investment in primary prevention, focusing on a combination of interventions with broad population reach, proven individual effectiveness, and low cost of implementation.
This study is the first of its kind to estimate the cost effectiveness of a wide variety of nutrition interventions high on the obesity policy agenda—documenting their potential reach, comparative effectiveness, implementation cost, and cost-effectiveness…full summary and article access at the CHOICES Project website.
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. 2015 Nov 1;34(11):1932-9.