Summaries are available for many CHOICES publications. Summaries provide a clear, concise overview of the research and findings.

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Cost-Effectiveness of a Clinical Childhood Obesity Intervention.
Sharifi M, Franz C, Horan CM, Giles C, Long M, Ward Z, Resch S, Marshall R, Gortmaker S, Taveras E.
Pediatrics. 2017; 140(5):e20162998.
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Using cost-effectiveness analysis to prioritize policy and programmatic approaches to physical activity promotion and obesity prevention in childhood.
Cradock AL, Barrett JL, Kenney EL, Giles CM, Ward ZJ, Long MW, Resch SC, Pipito AA, Wei ER, Gortmaker SL.
Prev Med. 2016 Oct 20. pii: S0091-7435(16)30339-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2016.10.017.
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State-level estimates of childhood obesity prevalence in the United States corrected for report bias.
Long MW, Ward ZJ, Resch SC, Cradock AL, Wang YC, Giles CM, Gortmaker SL.
International Journal of Obesity. Advance online publication, 2016 Aug 30.

US States’ Childhood Obesity Surveillance Practices and Recommendations for Improving Them, 2014–2015.
Blondin KJ, Giles CM, Cradock AL, Gortmaker SL, Long MW.
Prev Chronic Dis. 2016;13:160060.
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New Strategies to Prioritize Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Interventions.
Dietz WH, Gortmaker SL.
Am J Prev Med. 2016 Apr 26. pii: S0749-3797(16)30069-1.

Redrawing the US Obesity Landscape: Bias-Corrected Estimates of State-Specific Adult Obesity Prevalence.
Ward ZJ, Long MW, Resch SC, Gortmaker SL, Cradock AL, Giles C, Hsiao A, Wang YC.
PLoS One. 2016 Mar 8;11(3):e0150735.
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Three Interventions That Reduce Childhood Obesity Are Projected to Save More Than They Cost to Implement.
Gortmaker SL, Claire Wang Y, Long MW, Giles CM, Ward ZJ, Barrett JL, Kenney EL, Sonneville KR, Afzal AS, Resch SC, Cradock AL.
Health Affairs, 34, no. 11 (2015):1304-1311.
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Severe Obesity In Adults Cost State Medicaid Programs Nearly $8 Billion In 2013.
Wang YC, Pamplin J, Long MW, Ward ZJ, Gortmaker SL, Andreyeva T.
Health Affairs, 34, no. 11 (2015):1923-31.

Cost Effectiveness of Childhood Obesity Interventions: Evidence and Methods for CHOICES.
Gortmaker SL, Long MW, Resch SC, Ward ZJ, Cradock AL, Barrett JL, Wright DR, Sonneville KR, Giles CM, Carter RC, Moodie ML, Sacks G, Swinburn BA, Hsiao A, Vine S, Barendregt J, Vos T, Wang YC.
Am J Prev Med. 2015 Jul;49(1):102-11. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2015.03.032.
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Cost Effectiveness of a Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Excise Tax in the U.S.
Long MW, Gortmaker SL, Ward ZJ, Resch SC, Moodie ML, Sacks G, Swinburn BA, Carter RC, Claire Wang Y.
Am J Prev Med. 2015 Jul;49(1):112-23. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2015.03.004.
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Community and government

BMI and Healthcare Cost Impact of Eliminating Tax Subsidy for Advertising Unhealthy Food to Youth.
Sonneville KR, Long MW, Ward ZJ, Resch SC, Wang YC, Pomeranz JL, Moodie ML, Carter R, Sacks G, Swinburn BA, Gortmaker SL.
Am J Prev Med. 2015 Jul;49(1):124-34. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2015.02.026.
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Sector: Community and government

Modeling the Cost Effectiveness of Child Care Policy Changes in the U.S. 
Wright DR, Kenney EL, Giles CM, Long MW, Ward ZJ, Resch SC, Moodie ML, Carter RC, Wang YC, Sacks G, Swinburn BA, Gortmaker SL, Cradock AL.
Am J Prev Med. 2015 Jul;49(1):135-47. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2015.03.016.
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Sector: Early and out-of-school care

Cost Effectiveness of an Elementary School Active Physical Education Policy. 
Barrett JL, Gortmaker SL, Long MW, Ward ZJ, Resch SC, Moodie ML, Carter R, Sacks G, Swinburn BA, Wang YC, Cradock AL.
Am J Prev Med. 2015 Jul;49(1):148-59. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2015.02.005.
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Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of the Impact of Restaurant Menu Calorie Labeling.
Long MW, Tobias DK, Cradock AL, Batchelder H, Gortmaker SL.
Am J Public Health. 2015 May;105(5):e11-24. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2015.302570. Epub 2015 Mar 19.
Sector: Community and government


The cost of a primary care-based childhood obesity prevention intervention.
Wright DR, Taveras EM, Gillman MW, Horan CM, Hohman KH, Gortmaker SL, Prosser LA.
BMC Health Serv Res. 2014 Jan 29;14:44. doi: 10.1186/1472-6963-14-44.


Reaching the healthy people goals for reducing childhood obesity: closing the energy gap.
Wang YC, Orleans CT, Gortmaker SL.
Am J Prev Med. 2012 May;42(5):437-44. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2012.01.018.


Changing the future of obesity: science, policy, and action.
Gortmaker SL, Swinburn BA, Levy D, Carter R, Mabry PL, Finegood DT, Huang T, Marsh T, Moodie ML.
Lancet. 2011 Aug 27;378(9793):838-47. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(11)60815-5.

Quantification of the effect of energy imbalance on bodyweight.
Hall KD, Sacks G, Chandramohan D, Chow CC, Wang YC, Gortmaker SL, Swinburn BA.
Lancet. 2011 Aug 27;378(9793):826-37. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(11)60812-X.

The global obesity pandemic: shaped by global drivers and local environments.
Swinburn BA, Sacks G, Hall KD, McPherson K, Finegood DT, Moodie ML, Gortmaker SL.
Lancet. 2011 Aug 27;378(9793):804-14. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(11)60813-1.

Health and economic burden of the projected obesity trends in the USA and the UK.
Wang YC, McPherson K, Marsh T, Gortmaker SL, Brown M.
Lancet. 2011 Aug 27;378(9793):815-25. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(11)60814-3.

Simulation models of obesity: a review of the literature and implications for research and policy.
Levy DT, Mabry PL, Wang YC, Gortmaker S, Huang TT, Marsh T, Moodie M, Swinburn B.
Obes Rev. 2011 May;12(5):378-94. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-789X.2010.00804.x. Epub 2010 Oct 26.


Estimating the energy gap among US children: a counterfactual approach.
Wang YC, Gortmaker SL, Sobol AM, Kuntz KM.
Pediatrics. 2006 Dec;118(6):e1721-33.