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Environmental Correlates of Children's Physical Activity and Obesity

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Objectives: To examine the individual, parental, and neighborhood environment correlates of children's physical activity and risk of obesity. Methods: Secondary data of 1514 children drawn from the Delaware Survey of Children's Health were used for analysis. A conceptual framework was developed based on the Social Determinants of Health and Environmental Health Promotion model and tested using structural equation modeling. Results: Findings confirmed that parental support on physical activity and a favorable neighborhood environment predicted children's physical activity. However, the risk of overweight and obesity was not associated with parental support of physical activity and children's physical activity. Conclusions: Future preventive practice requires a multifaceted approach incorporating both individual and environmental changes.


Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Nemours Foundation, Division of Health and Prevention Services, Newark, DE, USA. 2: Department of Human Development and Family Studies, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA

Publication date: January 1, 2014

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