Green and blue areas as predictors of overweight and obesity in an 8‐year follow‐up study

  title={Green and blue areas as predictors of overweight and obesity in an 8‐year follow‐up study},
  author={Jaana I. Halonen and Mika Kivim{\"a}ki and Jaana Pentti and Sari Stenholm and Ichiro Kawachi and S. V. Subramanian and Jussi Vahtera},
To longitudinally examine associations between proximity of urban green or blue areas and BMI. 
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The distance to a green space was identified as the most significant factor influencing childhood overweight/obesity, and one-fifth of the children in urban schools were found to be overweight or obese.
A cross-sectional study of the impact of school neighbourhood on children obesity and body composition
The findings suggest that the school neighbourhood has an effect on BMI and body fat percentage in schoolchildren, and may contribute to the creation of healthier cities and help reduce health expenses by focusing on prevention programmes towards the expansion of green spaces.
Can green space quantity and quality help prevent postpartum weight gain? A longitudinal study
It is suggested that urban greening strategies to achieve a threshold of at least 21% or more green space in an area may help reduce, but not fully prevent postpartum weight gain.
Neighborhood Disadvantage and Body Mass Index: A Study of Residential Relocation
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Of the disadvantaged neighbourhoods, those characterised by high levels of greenness seem to associate with higher levels of leisure-time PA during non-working days, suggesting that efforts to add greenness to socioeconomically disadvantaged neighbourhoods might reduce inequalities in PA.
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  • C. Sarkar
  • Medicine
    Environment international
  • 2017
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The findings are consistent with the hypothesis that nonrandom selection into and out of neighborhoods accounts for some of the association between BMI and neighborhood characteristics.


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It is suggested that lower neighborhood SES contributes to overweight and obesity in African‐American women.
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Results were consistent after controlling for moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) and sitting time, each of which was favorably associated with green space proximity in men and women, but the impact on obesity may not benefit everyone to the same extent.
Role of physical activity in the relationship between urban green space and health.
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Better evidence for the utility of greenspace in the prevention of weight gain is required before greenspace interventions are developed, as there was a counterintuitive association between greenspace and BMI in 2000–2003.
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