Perceptions of local neighbourhood environments and their relationship to childhood overweight and obesity

Timperio, Anna, Salmon, Jo, Telford, Amanda and Crawford, David 2005, Perceptions of local neighbourhood environments and their relationship to childhood overweight and obesity, International journal of obesity, vol. 29, pp. 170-175.

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Title Perceptions of local neighbourhood environments and their relationship to childhood overweight and obesity
Author(s) Timperio, Anna
Salmon, Jo
Telford, Amanda
Crawford, David
Journal name International journal of obesity
Volume number 29
Start page 170
End page 175
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2005
ISSN 0307-0565
1476-5497
Keyword(s) childhood obesity
environment
correlates
neighbourhood
perceptions
Summary OBJECTIVES: To examine associations between parent and child perceptions of the local neighbourhood and overweight/obesity among children aged 5–6 and 10–12 y. DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey. SUBJECTS: In total, 291 families of 5–6-y-old and 919 families of 10–12-y-old children. MEASURES: Parent's perceptions of local neighbourhood and perceived child access to eight local destinations within walking distance of home; 10–12-y-old children's perception of local neighbourhood; socio-demographic characteristics (survey). Children's height and weight (measured). RESULTS: No perceptions of the local neighbourhood were associated with weight status among 5–6-y-old children. Among 10–12-y-old children, those whose parents agreed that there was heavy traffic in their local streets were more likely to be overweight or obese (OR=1.4, 95% CI=1.0–1.8), and those whose parents agreed that road safety was a concern were more likely to be obese (OR=3.9, 95% CI=1.0–15.2), compared to those whose parents disagreed with these statements. CONCLUSIONS: This study suggests that parental perceptions of heavy traffic on local streets and concern about road safety may be indirect influences on overweight and obesity among 10–12-y-old children. Future work should also consider perceptions of the neighbourhood related to food choice.

Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Nature Publishing Group
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