Understanding the relationship between food environments, deprivation and childhood overweight and obesity:Evidence from a cross sectional England-wide study

Cetateanu, Andreea and Jones, Andy (2014) Understanding the relationship between food environments, deprivation and childhood overweight and obesity:Evidence from a cross sectional England-wide study. Health and Place, 27. 68–76. ISSN 1353-8292

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Abstract

Using a large cross sectional English sample, we quantified the association between weight status in children aged 4–5 and 10–11 year, characteristics of the food environment, and area deprivation. We observed a positive association between the density of unhealthy food outlets in a neighbourhood and the prevalence of overweight and obesity in children. An association in the opposite direction was observed for other types of food outlets, although after adjustment this was only statistically significant for older children. The prevalence of fast food and other unhealthy food outlets explained only a small proportion of the observed associations between weight status and socioeconomic deprivation. Children׳s weight status may be influenced by their local environment, particularly older children, but associations between obesity and deprivation do not appear strongly due to local food environment characteristics.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/). Open Access funded by Wellcome Trust
Uncontrolled Keywords: children,obesity,food environment,deprivation,geographic information systems
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Faculty of Science
Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2014 13:38
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2019 20:01
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/48940
DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2014.01.007

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