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  • Individual Author: Williams, J.; Scarborough, P.; Matthews, A.; Cowburn, G.; Foster, C.; Roberts, N.; Rayner, M.
    Reference Type: Journal Article
    Year: 2014

    The high prevalence of childhood obesity has led to questions about the influence of ‘obesogenic’ environments on children's health. Public health interventions targeting the retail food environment around schools have been proposed, but it is unclear if they are evidence based. This systematic review investigates associations between food outlets near schools and children's food purchases, consumption and body weight. We conducted a keyword search in 10 databases. Inclusion criteria required papers to be peer reviewed, to measure retailing around schools and to measure obesity-related outcomes among schoolchildren. Thirty papers were included. This review found very little evidence for an effect of the retail food environment surrounding schools on food purchases and consumption, but some evidence of an effect on body weight. Given the general lack of evidence for association with the mediating variables of food purchases and consumption, and the observational nature of the included studies, it is possible that the effect on body weight is a result of residual...

    The high prevalence of childhood obesity has led to questions about the influence of ‘obesogenic’ environments on children's health. Public health interventions targeting the retail food environment around schools have been proposed, but it is unclear if they are evidence based. This systematic review investigates associations between food outlets near schools and children's food purchases, consumption and body weight. We conducted a keyword search in 10 databases. Inclusion criteria required papers to be peer reviewed, to measure retailing around schools and to measure obesity-related outcomes among schoolchildren. Thirty papers were included. This review found very little evidence for an effect of the retail food environment surrounding schools on food purchases and consumption, but some evidence of an effect on body weight. Given the general lack of evidence for association with the mediating variables of food purchases and consumption, and the observational nature of the included studies, it is possible that the effect on body weight is a result of residual confounding. Most of the included studies did not consider individual children's journeys through the food environment, suggesting that predominant exposure measures may not account for what individual children actually experience. These findings suggest that future interventions targeting the food environment around schools need careful evaluation. (Author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Rockeymoore, Maya; Moscetti, Craig; Fountain, Andrew
    Reference Type: Stakeholder Resource
    Year: 2014

    The Rural Childhood Obesity Prevention Toolkit provides comprehensive policy options for healthy eating and active living that rural communities can implement to address this threat to children’s health.

    Recommendations are specific to rural settings, but also can be adapted to urban or suburban areas. They are focused on helping rural communities make healthy eating and physical activity the easy and available option for all residents.

    Part 1 of this toolkit addresses active living and the built environment. Part 2 addresses healthy eating. Each policy area includes a specific objective and three elements for achieving that objective: a menu of policy strategies, a list of potential stakeholders, and a compilation of available resources for effective implementation. (Author abstract)

    The Rural Childhood Obesity Prevention Toolkit provides comprehensive policy options for healthy eating and active living that rural communities can implement to address this threat to children’s health.

    Recommendations are specific to rural settings, but also can be adapted to urban or suburban areas. They are focused on helping rural communities make healthy eating and physical activity the easy and available option for all residents.

    Part 1 of this toolkit addresses active living and the built environment. Part 2 addresses healthy eating. Each policy area includes a specific objective and three elements for achieving that objective: a menu of policy strategies, a list of potential stakeholders, and a compilation of available resources for effective implementation. (Author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Singh, Gopal K. ; Siahpush, Mohammad; Kogan, Michael D.
    Reference Type: Journal Article
    Year: 2010

    We examine the impact of neighborhood socioeconomic conditions and “built environments” on obesity and overweight prevalence among U.S. children and adolescents using the 2007 National Survey of Children’s Health. The odds of a child’s being obese or overweight were 20–60 percent higher among children in neighborhoods with the most unfavorable social conditions such as unsafe surroundings; poor housing; and no access to sidewalks, parks, and recreation centers than among children not facing such conditions. The effects were much greater for females and younger children; for example, girls ages 10–11 were two to four times more likely than their counterparts from more favorable neighborhoods to be overweight or obese. Our findings can contribute to policy decisions aimed at reducing health inequalities and promoting obesity prevention efforts such as community-based physical activity and healthy diet initiatives. (Author abstract)

    We examine the impact of neighborhood socioeconomic conditions and “built environments” on obesity and overweight prevalence among U.S. children and adolescents using the 2007 National Survey of Children’s Health. The odds of a child’s being obese or overweight were 20–60 percent higher among children in neighborhoods with the most unfavorable social conditions such as unsafe surroundings; poor housing; and no access to sidewalks, parks, and recreation centers than among children not facing such conditions. The effects were much greater for females and younger children; for example, girls ages 10–11 were two to four times more likely than their counterparts from more favorable neighborhoods to be overweight or obese. Our findings can contribute to policy decisions aimed at reducing health inequalities and promoting obesity prevention efforts such as community-based physical activity and healthy diet initiatives. (Author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Levi, Jeffrey; Segal, Laura M.; St. Laurent, Rebecca; Rayburn, Jack
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2014

    After decades of rising obesity rates among adults, the pace of increase is beginning to slow, but rates remain high. This report reveals that adult obesity rates increased in six states in the past year and remained high overall. (Author abstract)

    After decades of rising obesity rates among adults, the pace of increase is beginning to slow, but rates remain high. This report reveals that adult obesity rates increased in six states in the past year and remained high overall. (Author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Delgado, Minerva
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2015

    Overweight and obesity rates among all Americans have doubled among adults and tripled among children since 1980. While overweight and obesity pose a challenge to all children, Latino children are more likely to experience these conditions than other children. As Latinos represent a rapidly growing share of the U.S. population of children, particularly under age five, the number of overweight and obese children will continue to grow if the underlying causes are not addressed. Obese children are more likely to struggle with obesity throughout adulthood and face poorer health outcomes. As such, child overweight and obesity present serious challenges not only for the Latino community but for the nation. (Author introduction)

    Overweight and obesity rates among all Americans have doubled among adults and tripled among children since 1980. While overweight and obesity pose a challenge to all children, Latino children are more likely to experience these conditions than other children. As Latinos represent a rapidly growing share of the U.S. population of children, particularly under age five, the number of overweight and obese children will continue to grow if the underlying causes are not addressed. Obese children are more likely to struggle with obesity throughout adulthood and face poorer health outcomes. As such, child overweight and obesity present serious challenges not only for the Latino community but for the nation. (Author introduction)

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