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Journal Articles

Moodie M, Haby M, Galvin L, Swinburn B, Carter R. Cost-effectiveness of active transport for primary school children - Walking School Bus program. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2009 Sep 14;6:63. Read full-text online.

Singh AS, Chin A Paw MJ, Brug J, van Mechelen W. Short-term effects of school-based weight gain prevention among adolescents. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med.  2007 Jun;161(6):565-71. Read ful-text online.

Hoelscher DM, Springer AE, Ranjit N, Perry CL, Evans AE, Stigler M, Kelder SH. Reductions in child obesity among disadvantaged school children with community involvement: the Travis County CATCH Trial. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2010 Feb;18  Suppl 1:S36-44. Read full-text online.

Brown HS 3rd, Pérez A, Li YP, Hoelscher DM, Kelder SH, Rivera R. The cost-effectiveness of a school-based overweight program. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2007 Oct 1;4:47. Read full-text online.

Coleman KJ, Tiller CL, Sanchez J, Heath EM, Sy O, Milliken G, Dzewaltowski DA. Prevention of the epidemic increase in child risk of overweight in low-income schools: the El Paso coordinated approach to child health. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2005 Mar;159(3):217-24.Read full-text online.

Heath EM, Coleman KJ. Adoption and institutionalization of the Child and Adolescent Trial for Cardiovascular Health (CATCH) in El Paso, Texas. Health Promot Pract. 2003 Apr;4(2):157-64.

Franks A, Kelder SH, Dino GA, Horn KA, Gortmaker SL, Wiecha JL, Simoes EJ. School-based programs: lessons learned from CATCH, Planet Health, and Not-On-Tobacco. Prev Chronic Dis. 2007 Apr;4(2):A33. Read full-text online.

Wang LY, Gutin B, Barbeau P, Moore JB, Hanes J Jr, Johnson MH, Cavnar M, Thornburg J, Yin Z. Cost-effectiveness of a school-based obesity prevention program. J Sch Health. 2008 Dec;78(12):619-24. Read full-text online.

Wang LY, Yang Q, Lowry R, Wechsler H. Economic analysis of a school-based obesity prevention program. Obes Res. 2003 Nov;11(11):1313-24.


Cawley J. The cost-effectiveness of programs to prevent or reduce obesity: the state of the literature and a future research agenda. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2007 Jun;161(6):611-4.

Carter R, Moodie M, Markwick A, Magnus A, Vos T, Swinburn B, Haby MM. Assessing cost-effectiveness in obesity (ACE-obesity): an overview of the ACE approach, economic methods and cost results. BMC Public Health. 2009 Nov 18;9:419. Read full-text online.

Forster M, Veerman JL, Barendregt JJ, Vos T. Cost-effectiveness of diet and exercise interventions to reduce overweight and obesity. Int J Obes (Lond). 2011  Jan 11. [Epub ahead of print]

Cecchini M, Sassi F, Lauer JA, Lee YY, Guajardo-Barron V, Chisholm D. Tackling of unhealthy diets, physical inactivity, and obesity: health effects and cost-effectiveness. Lancet. 2010 Nov 20;376(9754):1775-84. Request from the Knowledge Center .

Cai L, Lubitz J, Flegal KM, Pamuk ER. The predicted effects of chronic obesity in middle age on medicare costs and mortality. Med Care. 2010 Jun;48(6):510-7. Request from the Knowledge Center .

Wang LY, Denniston M, Lee S, Galuska D, Lowry R. Long-term health and economic impact of preventing and reducing overweight and obesity in adolescence. J Adolesc Health. 2010 May;46(5):467-73.

Cawley J. The economics of childhood obesity. Health Aff (Millwood). 2010 Mar-Apr;29(3):364-71. Request from the Knowledge Center .

Meenan RT, Vogt TM, Williams AE, Stevens VJ, Albright CL, Nigg C. Economic evaluation of a worksite obesity prevention and intervention trial among hotel workers in Hawaii. J Occup Environ Med. 2010 Jan;52 Suppl 1:S8-13. Read full-text online.

Tsai AG, Williamson DF, Glick HA. Direct medical cost of overweight and obesity in the USA: a quantitative systematic review. Obes Rev. 2010 Jan 6. [Epub ahead of print]

Trasande L, Liu Y, Fryer G, Weitzman M. Effects of childhood obesity on hospital care and costs, 1999-2005. Health Aff (Millwood). 2009 Jul-Aug;28(4):w751-60.  Request from the Knowledge Center .

Janicke DM, Sallinen BJ, Perri MG, Lutes LD, Silverstein JH, Brumback B. Comparison of program costs for parent-only and family-based interventions for pediatric obesity in medically underserved rural settings. J Rural Health. 2009 Summer;25(3):326-30.

Lichtenstein AH. Economic conditions and obesity. JAMA. 2009 Jun 24;301(24):2547; author reply 2547. Request from the Knowledge Center .

Trasande L, Chatterjee S. The impact of obesity on health service utilization and costs in childhood. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2009 Sep;17(9):1749-54. Epub 2009 Mar 19. Erratum in: Obesity (Silver Spring). 2009 Jul;17(7):1473.

Durden ED, Huse D, Ben-Joseph R, Chu BC. Economic costs of obesity to self-insured employers. J Occup Environ Med. 2008 Sep;50(9):991-7.

Wolf AM, Finer N, Allshouse AA, Pendergast KB, Sherrill BH, Caterson I, Hill  JO, Aronne LJ, Hauner H, Radigue C, Amand C, Despres JP. PROCEED: Prospective Obesity Cohort of Economic Evaluation and Determinants: baseline health and healthcare utilization of the US sample. Diabetes Obes Metab. 2008 Dec;10(12):1248-60. Read full-text online.

Wang Y, Beydoun MA, Liang L, Caballero B, Kumanyika SK. Will all Americans become overweight or obese? estimating the progression and cost of the US obesity epidemic. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2008 Oct;16(10):2323-30. Read full-text online.

Finkelstein EA, Trogdon JG, Brown DS, Allaire BT, Dellea PS, Kamal-Bahl SJ. The lifetime medical cost burden of overweight and obesity: implications for obesity prevention. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2008 Aug;16(8):1843-8.Read full-text online.

Sturm R. Stemming the global obesity epidemic: what can we learn from data about social and economic trends? Public Health. 2008 Aug;122(8):739-46.Read full-text online.

Yang Z, Hall AG. The financial burden of overweight and obesity among elderly Americans: the dynamics of weight, longevity, and health care cost. Health Serv Res. 2008 Jun;43(3):849-68. Read full-text online.

Trogdon JG, Finkelstein EA, Hylands T, Dellea PS, Kamal-Bahl SJ. Indirect costs of obesity: a review of the current literature. Obes Rev. 2008 Sep;9(5):489-500.Read full-text online

Dall TM, Zhang Y, Chen YJ, Wagner RC, Hogan PF, Fagan NK, Olaiya ST, Tornberg DN. Cost associated with being overweight and with obesity, high alcohol consumption, and tobacco use within the military health system's TRICARE prime-enrolled population. Am J Health Promot. 2007 Nov-Dec;22(2):120-39.

Benedict S, Campbell M, Doolen A, Rivera I, Negussie T, Turner-McGrievy G. Seeds of HOPE: a model for addressing social and economic determinants of health in a women's obesity prevention project in two rural communities. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2007 Oct;16(8):1117-24.Read full-text online.

Hoerger TJ, Hicks KA, Sorensen SW, Herman WH, Ratner RE, Ackermann RT, Zhang  P, Engelgau MM. Cost-effectiveness of screening for pre-diabetes among overweight and obese U.S. adults. Diabetes Care. 2007 Nov;30(11):2874-9.Read full-text online.

Internet Sites

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. F As In Fat 2010 Finds Continued Rise in Nation's Obesity Rates. 2010.

Susan Combs: Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. Gaining Costs, Losing Time.  The Obesity Crisis in Texas.  February, 2011.   

Kelder, SH and RGK Foundation.  Stuck in the Middle: The False Choice Between Health and Education in Texas Middle Schools. October 2010.  

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Last Updated On

March 03, 2011

Originally Published On

March 23, 2010

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