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Obesity, physical activity, and the urban environment: public health research needs

Overview of attention for article published in Environmental Health, September 2006
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Title
Obesity, physical activity, and the urban environment: public health research needs
Published in
Environmental Health, September 2006
DOI 10.1186/1476-069x-5-25
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Authors

Russell P Lopez, H Patricia Hynes

Abstract

Persistent trends in overweight and obesity have resulted in a rapid research effort focused on built environment, physical activity, and overweight. Much of the focus of this research has been on the design and form of suburbs. It suggests that several features of the suburban built environment such as low densities, poor street connectivity and the lack of sidewalks are associated with decreased physical activity and an increased risk of being overweight. But compared to suburban residents, inner city populations have higher rates of obesity and inactivity despite living in neighborhoods that are dense, have excellent street connectivity and who's streets are almost universally lined with sidewalks. We suggest that the reasons for this apparent paradox are rooted in the complex interaction of land use, infrastructure and social factors affecting inner city populations. Sometimes seemingly similar features are the result of very different processes, necessitating different policy responses to meet these challenges. For example, in suburbs, lower densities can result from government decision making that leads to restrictive zoning and land use issues. In the inner city, densities may be lowered because of abandonment and disinvestment. In the suburbs, changes in land use regulations could result in a healthier built environment. In inner cities, increasing densities will depend on reversing economic trends and investment decisions that have systematically resulted in distressed housing, abandoned buildings and vacant lots. These varying issues need to be further studied in the context of the totality of urban environments, incorporating what has been learned from other disciplines, such as economics and sociology, as well as highlighting some of the more successful inner city policy interventions, which may provide examples for communities working to improve their health. Certain disparities among urban and suburban populations in obesity and overweight, physical activity and research focus have emerged that are timely to address. Comparable research on the relationship of built environment and health is needed for urban, especially inner city, neighborhoods.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 14 3%
United Kingdom 4 <1%
Brazil 2 <1%
Canada 2 <1%
India 1 <1%
Papua New Guinea 1 <1%
Indonesia 1 <1%
Australia 1 <1%
Tanzania, United Republic of 1 <1%
Other 0 0%
Unknown 436 94%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 96 21%
Student > Master 95 21%
Student > Bachelor 61 13%
Researcher 58 13%
Student > Doctoral Student 23 5%
Other 84 18%
Unknown 46 10%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 89 19%
Medicine and Dentistry 80 17%
Environmental Science 56 12%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 37 8%
Sports and Recreations 22 5%
Other 106 23%
Unknown 73 16%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 77. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 23 March 2021.
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