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An ecological study of the relationship between social and environmental determinants of obesity.

Authors
  • Reidpath, Daniel D
  • Burns, Cate
  • Garrard, Jan
  • Mahoney, Mary
  • Townsend, Mardie
Type
Published Article
Journal
Health & Place
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2002
Volume
8
Issue
2
Pages
141–145
Identifiers
PMID: 11943585
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

There is growing concern with the increasing prevalence of obesity in industrialised countries, a trend that is more apparent in the poor than in the rich. In an ecological study, the relationship between an area measure of socioeconomic status (SES) and the density of fast-food outlets was examined as one possible explanation for the phenomenon. It was found that there was a dose-response between SES and the density of fast-food outlets, with people living in areas from the poorest SES category having 2.5 times the exposure to outlets than people in the wealthiest category. The findings are discussed.

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