Submitted to: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
Publication Type: Review article
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/14/2006
Publication Date: 9/14/2006
Citation: Baranowski, T. 2006. Crisis and chaos in behavioral nutrition and physical activity. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 3(1):27-31. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: Resnicow and Vaughn challenged the field of behavioral nutrition and physical activity to conduct research in new ways. They challenged the predictiveness of our models, sensitivity to initial conditions, factors predisposing to change, and measurement procedures. While the predictiveness of our models will reflect the sophistication of our thinking and research, and the sensitivity to initial conditions is subsumed under the sophistication of our models, research on conditions predisposing to change (e.g., epiphanies), more longitudinal designs, refined measurement procedures, and testing of critical issues can only enhance the quality of our research. Improved research quality should lead to enhanced efficacy and effectiveness of our interventions, and thereby our making meaningful contributions to mitigating the chaos in our field and the crisis from the rising epidemic of obesity.