Implementing Health: A Meta-Analysis of the Effects of Implementation Intentions on Childhood Obesity Interventions
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The obesity epidemic is undoubtedly the United States' most urgent health crisis, and the underlying causes are complex and difficult to tackle. Previous studies have linked childhood obesity to both an increased risk of adulthood obesity and increased morbidity. Implementation intentions are often used in a variety of health-related interventions in adults to improve health behavior (quitting smoking, increasing productivity, reducing stress, and losing weight, just to name a few), and their effectiveness on adults has been well-documented. However, their usefulness on children is not nearly as well understood. This study attempts to analyze the effectiveness of implementation intentions on children according to the current literature, both in regards to weight-loss related behaviors and other goal intentions.