Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Departmental Honors




Many variables contribute to the rising prevalence of children being overweight and obese, one being poor nutrition and the lack of a balanced diet. Proper nutrition helps children to grow and develop normally, as well as lowers the risk of developing chronic problems such as cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, and certain cancers later in life. Conducted alongside an applied behavioral intervention to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables, a behavioral economic evaluation of demand curves was administered to students in the fifth through eighth grades. Findings suggest that the intervention had no significant effect on the elasticity of the different commodities studied. However, there was a significant difference found between commodities, with the results showing that children value fruits the most.



Faculty Mentor

Gregory J. Madden

Departmental Honors Advisor

Scott Bates