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Walkable communities and adolescent weight.
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PMID:  23332334     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Neighborhood design features have been associated with health outcomes, including the prevalence of obesity.
PURPOSE: This study examined the association between walkability and adolescent weight in a national sample of public secondary school students and the communities in which they live.
METHODS: Data were collected through student surveys and community observations between February and August 2010, and analyses were conducted in Spring 2012. The sample size was 154 communities and 11,041 students. A community walkability index and measures of the prevalence of adolescent overweight and obesity were constructed. Multivariable analyses from a cross-sectional survey of a nationally representative sample of 8th-, 10th- and 12th-grade public school students in the U.S. were run.
RESULTS: The odds of students being overweight (AOR 0.98, 95% CI=0.95, 0.99) or obese (AOR=0.97, 95% CI=0.95, 0.99) decreased if they lived in communities with higher walkability index scores.
CONCLUSIONS: Results suggest that living in more-walkable communities is associated with reduced prevalence of adolescent overweight and obesity.
Sandy J Slater; Lisa Nicholson; Jamie Chriqui; Dianne C Barker; Frank J Chaloupka; Lloyd D Johnston
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of preventive medicine     Volume:  44     ISSN:  1873-2607     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Prev Med     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-21     Completed Date:  2013-06-27     Revised Date:  2014-02-04    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8704773     Medline TA:  Am J Prev Med     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  164-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2013 American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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MeSH Terms
Cross-Sectional Studies
Multivariate Analysis
Obesity / epidemiology*
Overweight / epidemiology*
Residence Characteristics*
United States / epidemiology
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