Neighborhood linked to obesity

Neighborhood linked to obesity

Children lacking nearby parks, supermarkets at higher risk

By Nathan Seppa, 14:00 PM April 19, 2012

Neighborhood amenities such as green space and a nearby grocery store may offer residents more than just curb appeal. Children who live in such neighborhoods are roughly half as likely to be obese as kids living in areas lacking these features, researchers report in two studies in the May American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

The research combines two health aspects of residential life that studies usually examine separately — neighborhood amenities that boost physical activity and ready...

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