Where You Live Linked to Obesity

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I read a really interesting article this morning. A new study has found a link between where people live and childhood obesity rates. Now, instead of hearing, “you are what you eat” we may very well be hearing, “you are where you live.”

The study looked at everything from the number of local parks in the area to grocery stores within walking distance of your home.

Where you live may determine your child’s weight, according to a series of new studies published this week.

In a special issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers from the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom used geographic information systems (GIS) to look at how features of neighborhoods children live and play in affect their health.

What they found is that characteristics of the neighborhoods children live in could be contributing to the high rate of obesity in the U.S. and elsewhere.

In one study, researchers used geographic information to determine which neighborhoods in King County, Wash. and San Diego County, Calif. rated highest in terms of physical activity and nutrition for children ages 6 through 11. A neighborhood received a high rating if there were ample opportunities to walk to places, such as stores and libraries as well as highly-rated parks.


QUESTION: What healthy amenities do you have in your neighborhood?