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Cost Effective Interventions to Reduce Childhood Obesity

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cost effective interventions to fight childhood obesity

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health have identified interventions that are effective in reducing childhood obesity AND get a significant bang for the buck, some even producing revenue to support further childhood obesity interventions.

During the five-year collaborative – Childhood Obesity Intervention Cost Effectiveness Study (CHOICES) – the researchers modeled the costs and benefits of implementing four nationwide preventive interventions to reduce childhood obesity: taxing sugar-sweetened beverages, eliminating the tax subsidy for advertising on children’s television, increasing physical activity in schools, and developing preschool and daycare programs that provide early exposure to healthy habits.

While their analyses indicate that all of the interventions would have a positive effect, the intervention most likely to lower children’s BMI, for the least cost and greatest return on investment was taxing sugar-sweetened beverages.  By modeling the cost per BMI unit decrease they estimated that every dollar spent in implementation would result in $55 saved in obesity-related health costs – producing revenue of $12.5 billion per year to feed back into childhood obesity interventions.

Gortmaker et al., 2015

New York Times Article

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