Neighborhood characteristics in relation to diet, physical activity and overweight of Canadian children

  • Veugelers D
  • Sithole F
  • Zhang S
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Abstract

Background. Neighborhood infrastructure may provide an important opportunity to prevent overweight among children. In the present study we investigated whether access to shops for modestly priced fresh produce, access to parks and playgrounds, access to recreational facilities and neighborhood safety are related to children's diet, physical and sedentary activities, and body weights. Methods. Data were obtained from the Children's Lifestyle and School-performance Study, a survey including 5471 grade five students and their parents in the province of Nova Scotia, Canada. Students completed the Harvard Food Frequency Questionnaire and had their height and weight measured. Parents completed questions on socio-economic background and how they perceived their neighborhood. We applied multilevel regression methods to relate these neighborhood characteristics with children's fruit and vegetable consumption, dietary fat intake, diet quality, frequency of engaging in sports with and without a coach, screen time, o...

Author-supplied keywords

  • Childhood obesity
  • diet
  • neighborhood factors
  • obesity and overweight
  • physical activity
  • rural
  • sedentary activity
  • socio-economic factors
  • urban

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Authors

  • Dr Paul Veugelers

  • Fortune Sithole

  • Sharon Zhang

  • Nazeem Muhajarine

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