Environmental Risk Factors And Obesity

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Environmental Risk Factors

Environmental risk factors such as poverty, lack of access to healthy foods, and crime in low-income communities can significantly contribute to obesity. Analyzing the effects of neighborhood environments is significant since it represents a broader social and community background that clarifies children’s behaviors towards physical activity and poor nutrition. Moreover, neighborhood environment aspects such as poor housing, crime, lack of sidewalks, grocery stores, and recreational areas have the ability to be improved through public policy (Mantziki, 2015). Some of the recent studies examining neighborhood effects and obesity have found strong associations between factors such as income inequality, housing insecurities, and obesity. "Children living in unfavorable communities were 50 percent more likely to be physically inactive, 52 percent more likely to watch television more than two hours per day, and 65 percent more likely to engage in recreational computer use of more than two hours per day than children living in most favorable social conditions" (Singh and Kogan, 2010).
"Low-income children 's environments are saturated by the presence of media continuously exposing them to obesity-promoting products that encourage the consumption of unhealthful foods and discouraging physical activity"(Interventions to prevent childhood obesity n.d.). Such disproportionately marketing and advertising have an unusually strong influences on the
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