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Review Article, J Food Nutr Disord Vol: 2 Issue: 5

Optimal Defaults in the Prevention of Pediatric Obesity: From Platform to Practice

Cynthia Radnitz1*, Katharine L Loeb1, Julie DiMatteo1, Kathleen L. Keller2, Nancy Zucker3 and Marlene B. Schwartz4
1Fairleigh Dickinson University, School of Psychology of Psychology, USA
2The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Nutritional Sciences and Department of Food Science, USA
3Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine, USA
4Yale University, Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, USA
Corresponding author : Cynthia Radnitz (Ph.D)
Fairleigh Dickinson University, 1000 River Road T-WH1-01, Teaneck, NJ 07666, USA
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E-mail: [email protected]
Received: June 21, 2013 Accepted: November 29, 2013 Published: December 05, 2013
Citation: Radnitz C, Loeb KL, DiMatteo J, Keller KL, Zucker N, et al. (2013) Optimal Defaults in the Prevention of Pediatric Obesity: From Platform to Practice. J Food Nutr Disor 2:5. doi:10.4172/2324-9323.1000124

Abstract

Optimal Defaults in the Prevention of Pediatric Obesity: From Platform to Practice

The term “optimal defaults” refers to imparting pre-selected choices which are designed to produce a desired behavior change. The concept is attractive to policymakers because it steers people toward desirable behaviors while preserving free choice through the ability to opt out. It has been found to be a powerful behavioral determinant in areas such as pension plan enrollment, organ donation, and green energy utilization.

Keywords: Optimal defaults; Pediatric obesity; Prevention

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