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Studies on the Built Environment and Obesity Challenged

August 22nd, 2012

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Health Care Organization and Policy have made some interesting findings regarding the literature around the built environment (parks, trails, sidewalks) and physical activity and obesity. Of the 169 articles they looked at, 89% reported beneficial relationships but virtually all utilized simple observational designs. Studies utilizing objective measures of obesity, such as pedometers, were 18 % less likely to find a positive relationship. Articles focusing on children in community settings, those with direct measures of obesity or those with an academic first author were less likely to find a beneficial relationship. Conclusion: policy makers should require more rigorous scientific research, which, by the way, is the same conclusion Chris Still and I came to in our recent article.

See PubMed: Relationship between Built Environment and Physical Activity