Study: Neighborhood environment affects childhood obesity

04/10/2012 |

Children living in neighborhoods where they can walk to schools and libraries and get nutritious food at supermarkets were 59% less likely to be obese than those in areas that did not enable such activities, researchers reported in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. "We need to think about neighborhoods where kids live in terms of nutrition environments and in terms of physical activity environments, and we need to improve them," researcher Brian Saelens says.

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