Academic journal article Childhood Obesity

Retraction of "Modeling Potential Effects of Reduced Calories in Kids' Meals with Toy Giveaways"

Academic journal article Childhood Obesity

Retraction of "Modeling Potential Effects of Reduced Calories in Kids' Meals with Toy Giveaways"

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Childhood Obesity is officially retracting the article entitled, "Modeling Potential Effects of Reduced Calories in Kids' Meals With Toy Giveaways," by Maysoun Y. Freij, Randall L. Sell, Anne K. Bozack, Linda J. Weiss, and Ana C. Garcia, which was published in the February 2014 issue, volume 10, number 1, pages 58-63. doi: 10.1089/chi.2013.0082.

After the article was published, Childhood Obesity received a letter to the editor, which questioned the model used by the authors to predict potential weight gain or loss. Specifically, the letter's authors reported that one component of the model was outdated and not applicable to predicting weight gain or loss in children. The letter's authors went on to state that the erroneous model construction led to predicted weight differentials that were approximately 10 times higher than those that would be predicted by accepted models in obesity science, and thus major portions of the article by Freij and colleagues were invalid. …

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