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Home Food and Exercise Environments of Normal-weight and Overweight Adults

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Objective: To examine the home environments of overweight and normal-weight adults and the relationships between the environment and weight-regulating behaviors.

Methods: Overweight (n=201) and normal-weight adults (n=213) assessed their homes via checklist and self-reported their eating and activity habits.

Results: OW adults had less exercise equipment, fewer low-fat snacks and fruits/vegetables, and more TVs, high-fat snacks, and spreads than did NW adults (Ps<.01). These variables were associated (Ps<.05) with weight-regulating behaviors.

Conclusions: Increasing healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity within the home may improve weight-control efforts in adults.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2011

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

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