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Micro-level analysis of childhood obesity, diet, physical activity, residential socioeconomic and social capital variables: where are the obesogenic environments in Leeds?

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This paper describes global (whole of Leeds) and local (super output area) analyses of the relationship between childhood obesity and many ‘obesogenic environment’ variables, such as deprivation, urbanisation, access to local amenities, and perceived local safety, as well as dietary and physical activity behaviours. The analyses identify the covariates with the strongest relationships with obesity, and highlight variation in these relationships across Leeds, thus identifying ‘at-risk’ populations. This paper seeks to demonstrate the importance of analysis at the micro-level in order to provide health planners with additional information with which to tailor interventions and health policies to prevent childhood obesity.

Keywords: UK; childhood obesity; geographically weighted regression; obesogenic environment; small-area analysis; spatial microsimulation

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Division of Epidemiology Biostatistics, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9LN, Email: 2: School of Geography, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT

Publication date: 2008-09-01

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