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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Obesity and weight control

Body Mass Index and Rural Status on Self-Reported Health in Older Adults: 2002-2012 Medicare Expenditure Panel Survey
Presents a study comparing self-reported mental and physical health of older adults with rural status and obesity status. Pulls data from the Medicare Expenditure Panel Survey and breaks it down by age, race, and marital status, among other factors.
Author(s): John A. Batsis, Karen L. Whiteman, Matthew C. Lohman, Emily A. Scherer, Stephen J. Bartels
Citation: Journal of Rural Health, 34(Suppl1), s56-s64
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
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Assessment of Dietary Patterns, Physical Activity and Obesity from a National Survey: Rural-Urban Health Disparities in Older Adults
Examines the association between rural-urban status, physical activity, consumption of fruits and vegetables, and obesity prevalence in older adults by analyzing data derived from respondents aged 65 and above from the 2012 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).
Author(s): Steven A. Cohen, Mary L. Greaney, Natalie J. Sabik
Citation: PLoS One, 13(12)
Date: 2018
Type: Document
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Benefits for African American and White Low-Income 7–10-year-old Children and Their Parents Taught Together in a Community-Based Weight Management Program in the Rural Southeastern United States
Examines if African American and White children and adults from two rural North Carolina counties benefited equally from a community-based weight management intervention. Covers statistics by demographic characteristics, race and marital status, employment, occupation, income, and more.
Author(s): Diane C. Berry, Robert G. McMurray, Todd A. Schwartz, Reuben Adatorwovor
Citation: BMC Public Health, 18, 1107
Date: 2018
Type: Document
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Advancing Obesity Solutions Through Investments in the Built Environment: Proceedings of a Workshop
Summarizes a September 2017 workshop focused on the role of the built environment in the prevention and treatment of obesity. Identifies promising strategies to create more healthful and equitable environments. Contains some discussion specific to rural areas and small communities, including efforts to support physical activity throughout Montana.
Additional links: Read Online
Author(s): Roundtable on Obesity Solutions
Date: 2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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Beverage Consumption Patterns among Overweight and Obese African American Women
Examines beverage consumption patterns, including the number of beverages and type, contributing to the overall energy intake and weight status among overweight and obese African American women in the rural South. Includes statistics on beverage consumption by age, education, and rural versus urban residence.
Author(s): Terryl J. Hartman, Regine Haardörfer, Brenda M. Greene, Shruti Parulekar, Michelle C. Kegler
Citation: Nutrients, 9(12), 1344
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
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Contextualizing Obesity and Diabetes Policy: Exploring a Nested Statistical and Constructivist Approach at the Cross-National and Subnational Government Level in the United States and Brazil
Compares state and rural municipal governments in Mississippi and Brazil in their use of infrastructural resources to facilitate adoption of obesity and diabetes policy.
Author(s): Eduardo J. Gomez
Citation: International Journal of Health Policy Management, 6(11), 639-648.
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
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Store Owners as Potential Agents of Change: Energy Drinks in the Interior of Alaska
Discusses how store workers can act as health advocates by limiting or promoting specific products to improve the health status of their rural Alaskan community members.
Author(s): Janet M. Wojcicki, Peter de Schweinitz
Citation: International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 76(1)
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
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Catalyzing Medicaid-Public Health Collaboration to Reduce Childhood Obesity
Explains cross-sector interventions tested by five states - Arizona, Maryland, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Texas - participating in the Center for Health Care Strategies' Innovations in Childhood Obesity Initiative. Each state profile highlights how Medicaid and public health agencies are using innovative approaches to address childhood obesity in their high-risk communities. The Texas initiative focuses on childhood obesity in the rural, low-income population along the U.S./Mexico border.
Author(s): Alexandra Maul, Stephen A. Somers
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities Among Rural Adults — United States, 2012-2015
Reports on racial/ethnic health disparities among rural residents. Includes data by race/ethnicity for health-related quality of life, healthcare access and use, chronic health conditions, and health-related behaviors. Based on data from the 2012–2015 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.
Author(s): Cara V. James, Ramal Moonesinghe, Shondelle M. Wilson-Frederick, et al.
Citation: MMWR Surveillance Summaries, 66(23), 1-9
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Direct Effects of the Home, School, and Consumer Food Environments on the Association Between Food Purchasing Patterns and Dietary Intake among Rural Adolescents in Kentucky and North Carolina, 2017
Analyzes the effects of food shopping habits and food environments in the home, school, and consumer settings on dietary intake among rural adolescents living in Kentucky and North Carolina. Examines the association, if any, with the rural versus urban adolescent obesity disparity.
Author(s): Alison Gustafson, Stephanie Jilcott Pitts, Jordan McDonald, et al.
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(10), 1255
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
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