Our Peer-Reviewed Publications

In our effort to advance the field of obesity prevention, we actively pursue opportunities to share ChildObesity180's research findings in peer-reviewed scientific publications. Our research has been published in journals such as JAMA Pediatrics, Health Affairs, and International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (IJBNPA).


Economos CD, Bakun PJ, Herzog JB, Dolan PR, Lynskey VM, Markow D, Sharma S, Nelson ME. Children's perceptions of weight, obesity, nutrition, physical activity and related health and socio-behavioural factors. Public Health Nutr. 2014, 17(1):170-178.

Dietz WH & Economos CD. Progress in the Control of Childhood Obesity. Pediatrics. 2015; 135 (3), e559-561.

Hennessy E, Ornstein JT, Economos CD, Herzog JB, Lynskey V, Coffield E, Hammond RA. Designing an Agent‐Based Model for Childhood Obesity Interventions: A Case Study of ChildObesity180. Preventing Chronic Disease. 2016; 13(E04).

Active Schools Acceleration Project

Hatfield DP, Lynskey VM, Economos CD, Nichols E, Whitman N, Nelson M. Crowdsourcing Innovative Physical Activity Programs: Active Schools Acceleration Project Case Study. Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine. 2016 1(1): 1-9. 

Hubbard K, Economos CD, Bakun P, Boulos R, Chui K, Mueller M, Smith K, Sacheck J. Disparities in Moderate-to-Vigorous Physical Activity among Girls and Overweight and Obese Schoolchildren during School- and Out-of-School Time. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2016, 13(1):39.

Wright CM, Duquesnay PJ, Anzman-Frasca S, Chomitz VR, Chui K, Economos CD, Langevin EG, Nelson ME, Sacheck JM. Study protocol: The Fueling Learning through Exercise (FLEX) Study – A randomized controlled trial of the impact of school-based physical activity programs on children’s physical activity, cognitive function, and academic achievement. BMC Public Health. 2016; 16(1):1078

Healthy Kids Out of School

Anzman-Frasca S, Newman MB, Angstrom HM, Sharma S, Nelson ME, Dolan PR, Economos CD. Parent perspectives on nutrition and physical activity during out-of-school time. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2014, 46(3):156-163.

Sliwa SA, Sharma S, Dietz WH, Dolan PR, Nelson ME, Newman MB, Rockeymoore M, Economos CD. Healthy Kids Out of School: Using mixed methods to develop principles for promoting healthy eating and physical activity in out-of-school settings in the United States. Preventing Chronic Disease. 2014; 11.

Anzman-Frasca S, Boulos R, Hofer T, Folta SC, Koomas A, Nelson ME, Sacheck JM, Economos CD. Validation of the Out-of-school-time Snacks, Beverages, and Physical Activity Questionnaire. Childhood Obesity. 2015; 11(4).

Folta SC, Koomas A, Metayer N, Fullerton KJ, Hubbard KL, Anzman-Frasca S, Hofer T, Nelson ME, Newman M, Sacheck JM, Economos CD. Engaging Stakeholders from Volunteer-Led Out-of-School Time Programs in the Dissemination of Guiding Principles for Healthy Snacking and Physical Activity. Preventing Chronic Disease. 2015; 12(E225).

Economos CD, Anzman-Frasca S, Koomas A, Chan G, Folta S, Heck J, Newman M, Sacheck J. Snacks, beverages, and physical activity during volunteer-led out-of-school-time programs: A cross-sectional analysis. BMC Public Health. 2017;17(1):125.

Restaurant Initiative

Anzman-Frasca S, Dawes F, Sliwa SA, Dolan PR, Nelson ME, Washburn K, Economos CD. Healthier side dishes at restaurants: An analysis of children’s perspectives, menu content, and caloric impacts. IJBNPA. 2014, 11(1):81.

Anzman-Frasca S, Mueller MP, Sliwa S, Dolan PR, Harelick L, Roberts SB, Washburn K, Economos CD. Changes in children’s meal orders following healthy menu modifications at a regional US restaurant chain. Obesity. 2015; 23(5).

Anzman-Frasca S, Mueller MP, Lynskey VM, Harelick L, Economos CD. Orders Of Healthier Children’s Items Remain High More Than Two Years After Menu Changes At A Regional Restaurant Chain. Health Affairs. 2015 Nov 1;34(11):1885-92.

VanEpps EM, Roberto CA, Park S, Economos CD, Bleich SN. Restaurant Menu Labeling Policy: Review of Evidence and Controversies. Curr Obes Rep. 2016; 5(1): 72-80.

Sliwa S, Anzman-Frasca S, Lynskey V, Washburn K, Economos CD. Assessing the Availability of Healthier Children’s Meals at Leading Quick-Service and Full-Service Restaurants. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2016;48 (4): 242-249.

Mueller MP, Anzman-Frasca S, Blakeley CE, Folta SC, Wilde P, Economos CD. Ordering patterns following the implementation of a healthier children’s restaurant menu: a latent class analysis. Obesity. 2016.

Cohen DA, Lesser LI, Wright C, Story M, Economos CD. Kid’s menu portion sizes - how much should children be served? Nutr Today. 2016; 51(6): 273-280.

Anzman-Frasca S, Folta SC, Glenn ME, Jones-Mueller A, Lynskey VM, Patel AA, Tse LL, Lopez NV. Healthier children’s meals in restaurants: An exploratory study to inform approaches that are acceptable across stakeholders. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2017 Jan 18. pii: S1499-4046(16)30907-1. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2016.11.009.

Cohen JFW, Roberts SB, Anzman-Frasca S, Gamache MMG, Lynskey VM, Matthews E, Mueller MP, Sharma S, Economos CD. A pilot and feasibility study to assess children’s consumption in quick-service restaurants using plate waste methodology. BMC Public Health. 2017; 17(1):259.

Lynskey VM, Anzman-Frasca S, Harelick L, Korn A, Sharma S, Simms S, Economos CD. Low parental awareness about energy (calorie) recommendations for children’s restaurant meals: findings from a national survey in the USA. Public Health Nutr. 2017. Published online: Apr 28, 2017.

Breakfast Initiative

Anzman-Frasca S, Djang HC, Halmo MM, Dolan PR, Economos CD. Estimating impacts of a Breakfast in the Classroom program on school outcomes. JAMA Pediatrics. 2015; 169 (1): 71-77.

Blondin S, Carmichael Djang H, Metayer N, Anzman-Frasca S, Christina Economos CD. “It’s just so much waste.” A qualitative investigation of food waste in a universal free School Breakfast Program. Public Health Nutrition. 2014.

Blondin SA, Anzman-Frasca S, Djang HC, Economos CD. Breakfast consumption and adiposity among children and adolescents: an updated review of the literature. Pediatr Obes. 2016; 11(5): 333-348.

Folta SC, Djang HC, Halmo M, Metayer N, Blondin S, Smith KS, Economos CD. School staff, parent, and student perceptions of a Breakfast in the Classroom model during initial implementation. Public Health Nutr. 2016; 19(9): 1696-1706.

Blondin SA and Economos CD. The influence of daily eating patterns on weight status: a review of the evidence on breakfast consumption, snacking, and eating frequency. In: Goran MI, ed. Childhood Obesity: Causes, Consequences and Intervention Approaches. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group. Boca Raton, FL; 2016.

Blondin SA, Cash S, Goldberg J, Griffin T, Economos CD. The nutritional, economic, and environmental costs of milk waste in a Breakfast in the Classroom School Breakfast Program. American Journal of Public Health. 2017; 107(4):590-592.