Obesity is inversely associated with natural amenities and recreation facilities per capita.

@article{JilcottPitts2013ObesityII,
  title={Obesity is inversely associated with natural amenities and recreation facilities per capita.},
  author={Stephanie B. Jilcott Pitts and Michael B Edwards and Justin B. Moore and Kindal A. Shores and Katrina D DuBose and David A. McGranahan},
  journal={Journal of physical activity \& health},
  year={2013},
  volume={10 7},
  pages={
          1032-8
        }
}
BACKGROUND Little is known about the associations between natural amenities, recreation facility density, and obesity, at a national level. Therefore, the purpose of this paper was to examine associations between county-level natural amenities, density of recreation facilities, and obesity prevalence among United States counties. METHODS Data were obtained from a compilation of sources within the United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service Food Environment Atlas… Expand
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