How the Built Environment Contributes to the Adolescent Obesity Epidemic: A Multifaceted Approach
AbstractThe public health status of the United States is in a critical state. Rates of overweight and obese children are on the rise in nearly every community in the nation, and obesity is quickly becoming a global problem as well. While there are many biological, cultural, and psychological factors that play into the rising rates, social factors as a cause of decreasing health are often overlooked. The “built environment,” or each community’s living, working, and eating spaces, plays a large role in determining the actions taken by individuals in a community. In this study, the built environments of two socioeconomically different neighborhoods in Nashville, Tennessee, are analyzed. The resulting data is compared to Tennessee state health census reports to posit that a decreased quality of food and physical activity related built environments parallels a rise in chronic health problems.
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LANZA, Amy L.; POPE, Jamie; MAYRSOHN, Brian. How the Built Environment Contributes to the Adolescent Obesity Epidemic: A Multifaceted Approach. Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Journal, [S.l.], v. 8, july 2012. ISSN 1555-788X. Available at: <http://vurj.vanderbilt.edu/index.php/vurj/article/view/3504>. Date accessed: 21 oct. 2017. doi: https://doi.org/10.15695/vurj.v8i0.3504.
Humanities and Social Sciences
Nutrition; Physical Activity; Disease
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