Body mass index and environmental supports for physical activity among active and inactive residents of a U.S. Southeastern county

Wilson, Dawn K., Ainsworth, Barbara E. and Bowles, Heather (2007) Body mass index and environmental supports for physical activity among active and inactive residents of a U.S. Southeastern county. Health Psychology, 26 6: 710-717. doi:10.1037/0278-6133.26.6.710


Author Wilson, Dawn K.
Ainsworth, Barbara E.
Bowles, Heather
Title Body mass index and environmental supports for physical activity among active and inactive residents of a U.S. Southeastern county
Journal name Health Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0278-6133
1930-7810
Publication date 2007-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1037/0278-6133.26.6.710
Volume 26
Issue 6
Start page 710
End page 717
Total pages 8
Place of publication Washington, D.C., United States
Publisher American Psychological Association
Language eng
Subject 111712 Health Promotion
111706 Epidemiology
Abstract Objective: This study examined the associations between body mass index (BMI) and environmental supports for physical activity in active and inactive adults based on national recommendations for physical activity and walking. Residents of a southeastern community (N = 1,111; ages 18-75 years) were contacted using a random-digit-dial method and were asked about neighborhood and community social and environmental supports for physical activity. Main Outcome Measure: Physical activity was measured using the 2001 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) physical activity module. Results: There was a positive association between higher physical activity and walking levels and lower BMI levels. Trusting neighborhoods having recreational facilities present, and using trails were each associated with twice the odds of being overweight versus obese among those not meeting the national physical activity recommendations. Using trails was also associated with 2.7 times the odds of being overweight as opposed to obese among participants who were not regular walkers. Conclusion: Improving environmental supports for access and use of trails and recreational facilities may be important for future environmental interventions aimed at reducing obesity among inactive individuals.
Keyword Environmental supports
Obesity
Physical activity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

 
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