The science behind Smarter Lunchrooms

Institute of Psychology, Health & Society, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom
DOI
10.7287/peerj.preprints.3137v1
Subject Areas
Nutrition, Psychiatry and Psychology, Public Health
Keywords
choice architecture, nudge, liberal paternalism, nutrition, childhood obesity
Copyright
© 2017 Robinson
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Robinson E. (2017) The science behind Smarter Lunchrooms. PeerJ Preprints 5:e3137v1

Abstract

The Smarter Lunchrooms intervention approach aims to tackle childhood obesity by promoting healthier nutrition through the use of choice architecture or ‘nudge’ tactics in school lunchrooms. I reviewed research papers that were described by Cornell University as forming the evidence base for the Smarter Lunchrooms approach. Here I discuss concerns about the way that research informing the Smarter Lunchrooms approach has been conducted and disseminated. The widespread implementation of the Smarter Lunchrooms approach is discussed and the likely efficacy of this public health intervention is also considered.

Author Comment

This is a preprint submission to PeerJ Preprints.