Study examines effects of ‘neighborhood poverty’ on obesity

August 29, 2014

By Karene Booker By age 2, poor children have gained more weight than their wealthier counterparts. But after age 2, neighborhood poverty, not family poverty, puts the pounds on, finds a new study, published in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology. About one-third of America’s children are overweight or obese, but rates are highest among […]

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Children who live in “smart growth” neighborhoods get 46 percent more physical activity

September 19, 2013

Children who live in “smart growth” neighborhoods — developments that are designed to increase walkability and have more parks and green space areas — get 46 percent more moderate or vigorous physical activity than kids who live in conventional neighborhoods, finds a study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. “We were surprised by the size […]

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