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Neighborhood socioeconomic status in relation to 10-year weight gain in the Black Women's Health Study.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Obesity
1930-7381
Publisher
Wiley Blackwell (Blackwell Publishing)
Publication Date
Volume
18
Issue
10
Pages
2064–2065
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1038/oby.2010.69
PMID: 20360755
Source
Medline

Abstract

We prospectively assessed the association of neighborhood socioeconomic status (SES) with 10-year weight change and with incident obesity among 48,359 women in the Black Women's Health Study (BWHS). Lower neighborhood SES was significantly associated with 10-year weight gain after adjustment for individual SES and behavioral variables, such as physical activity and caloric intake. Low neighborhood SES was also associated with increased incidence of obesity during 10 years of follow-up among women of normal weight at baseline (BMI <25 kg/m(2)). The associations were most evident among BWHS participants who had graduated from college. These prospective data suggest that lower neighborhood SES contributes to overweight and obesity in African-American women.

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