Pre-Ordering Systems Encourage Healthier Choices in School Lunchrooms

Hanks, Andrew S., David R. Just, and Brian Wansink (2013), “Pre-Ordering School Lunch and Food Choices Encourages Better Food Choices by Children,” JAMA Pediatrics, 167:7, 673-674.

6 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2012 Last revised: 30 Apr 2017

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Andrew Hanks

The Ohio State University

David R. Just

Cornell University - Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

Brian Wansink

Retired

Date Written: June 8, 2012

Abstract

Approximately 31 million children enroll in the National School Lunch Program and nearly 1/3 of children between the ages of 6 and 19 are considered obese. What if the school food environment made healthy food choices easier for children? One overlooked scalable alternative involves students pre-ordering their lunch. In this study, we examine whether having students pre-order their lunch improves the nutrition of school lunch selection and consumption.

Keywords: child nutrition programs, behavioral economics, childhood obesity

JEL Classification: D03, I18

Suggested Citation

Hanks, Andrew and Just, David R. and Wansink, Brian, Pre-Ordering Systems Encourage Healthier Choices in School Lunchrooms (June 8, 2012). Hanks, Andrew S., David R. Just, and Brian Wansink (2013), “Pre-Ordering School Lunch and Food Choices Encourages Better Food Choices by Children,” JAMA Pediatrics, 167:7, 673-674., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2080289 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2080289

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David R. Just

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Brian Wansink

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