Pre-Ordering School Lunch Encourages Better Food Choices by Children

JAMA Pediatrics, Vol 167, No. 7, July 2013

5 Pages Posted: 30 Jul 2014

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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: 2013

Abstract

Nearly 1/3 of children between ages 6 and 19 are considered obese and their choosing of less healthy foods in school lunchrooms may contribute. To encourage students to select healthier foods, recent research has focused on how environmental changes and behavioral economics can guide children to make healthier choices. This includes the pre-ordering of lunch. Pre-ordering could pre-empt hunger-based, spontaneous selections and eliminate the sensory cues – evocative smells and sights – that lead to less healthy choices. We examine whether having students pre-order their entrée (main dish) improves the healthfulness of entrées selected for lunch.

Suggested Citation

Hanks, Andrew and Just, David R. and Wansink, Brian, Pre-Ordering School Lunch Encourages Better Food Choices by Children (2013). JAMA Pediatrics, Vol 167, No. 7, July 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2473781

Andrew Hanks

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David R. Just

Cornell University - Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management ( email )

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Brian Wansink (Contact Author)

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