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Using geographic information systems (GIS) to assess the role of the built environment in influencing obesity : a glossary

Thornton, Lukar E., Pearce, Jamie R. and Kavanagh, Anne M. 2011, Using geographic information systems (GIS) to assess the role of the built environment in influencing obesity : a glossary, International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, vol. 8, no. 71, pp. 1-9.

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Title Using geographic information systems (GIS) to assess the role of the built environment in influencing obesity : a glossary
Alternative title Review : Using geographic information systems (GIS) to assess the role of the built environment in influencing obesity : a glossary
Author(s) Thornton, Lukar E.
Pearce, Jamie R.
Kavanagh, Anne M.
Journal name International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity
Volume number 8
Issue number 71
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Publisher BioMed Central Ltd
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2011-07-01
ISSN 1479-5868
Keyword(s) geographic information systems
obesity
Summary Features of the built environment are increasingly being recognised as potentially important determinants of obesity. This has come about, in part, because of advances in methodological tools such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS). GIS has made the procurement of data related to the built environment easier and given researchers the flexibility to create a new generation of environmental exposure measures such as the travel time to the nearest supermarket or calculations of the amount of neighbourhood greenspace. Given the rapid advances in the availability of GIS data and the relative ease of use of GIS software, a glossary on the use of GIS to assess the built environment is timely. As a case study, we draw on aspects the food and physical activity environments as they might apply to obesity, to define key GIS terms related to data collection, concepts, and the measurement of environmental features.
Notes Record note : This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Language eng
Field of Research 111706 Epidemiology
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Thornton et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
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