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An ecological study of the relationship between social and environmental determinants of obesity

journal contribution
posted on 2002-06-01, 00:00 authored by Daniel Reidpath, Catherine Burns, Jan Garrard, Mary Mahoney, Mardie TownsendMardie Townsend
There is growing concern with the increasing prevalence of obesity in industrialised countries, a trend that is more apparent in the poor than in the rich. In an ecological study, the relationship between an area measure of socioeconomic status (SES) and the density of fast-food outlets was examined as one possible explanation for the phenomenon. It was found that there was a dose-response between SES and the density of fast-food outlets, with people living in areas from the poorest SES category having 2.5 times the exposure to outlets than people in the wealthiest category. The findings are discussed.

History

Journal

Health & place

Volume

8

Issue

2

Pagination

141 - 145

Publisher

Elsevier Science

Location

New York, N.Y.

ISSN

1353-8292

eISSN

1873-2054

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2002, Elsevier Science