Understanding the local physical activity environment and obesity

Gavin Turrell

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Clearly, based on the foregoing, there are differing views about the contribution of the neighbourhood environment to obesity: on the one hand, there are claims and assumptions being made about the importance of the neighbourhood, and on the other hand, there are those who are in effect challenging these claims by arguing that our knowledge and understanding of the issue is still at a nascent stage and hence indeterminate. The aim of this chapter is to provide a resource that can help inform all perspectives on the topic. Specifically, the chapter provides a review of the evidence on the relationship between bodyweight and the neighbourhood physical activity environment (hereafter referred to as simply the ‘neighbourhood environment’). The chapter is divided into three sections. The first provides details about the review methodology – how the articles were identified, the criteria used in their selection, how the review was delimited, and the process used to assess and report on the articles. Section two presents the results of the review. The third section provides a discussion of the evidence, a critique of the extant studies, and makes some suggestions for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGeographies of Obesity
Subtitle of host publicationEnvironmental Understandings of the Obesity Epidemic
EditorsKaren Witten, Jamie Pearce
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781315584416
ISBN (Print)9781409488484
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2016
Externally publishedYes


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