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Resources by Topic: Obesity and weight control

Variations in Obesity Rates between US Counties: Impacts of Activity Access, Food Environments, and Settlement Patterns
Describes differences in obesity rates among U.S. counties based on rurality, region, poverty level, and ethnicity. Analyzes access to physical activity facilities, food environments, and settlement patterns, defined as residential density and car dependence, to determine potential explanations for geographic variations.
Author(s): Peter Congdon
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(9), 1023
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
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Longitudinal Analysis of Nut-Inclusive Diets and Body Mass Index Among Overweight and Obese African American Women Living in Rural Alabama and Mississippi, 2011-2013
Results of a weight loss intervention among 383 overweight women in 8 rural counties, comparing intake of nuts and other obesity-related foods with body mass index (BMI), over a 24-month period. Features statistics including income, education, and rates of consumption of various foods.
Author(s): Samara R. Sterling, Brenda Bertrand, Suzanne Judd, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 14
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
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The Differences in Characteristics Among Households With and Without Obese Children: Findings From USDA's FoodAPS
Examines characteristics of households with at least one obese child and without any obese children. Table 2 compares rural and urban household financial well-being, as it relates to obesity. Table 3 examines the food environment for rural households with and without obese children.
Author(s): Young Jo
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Childhood Bullying in Rural Missouri
Defines types of bullying in rural areas and risk factors, including obesity, gender, lack of access to healthy food, and resulting mental health issues. Features a county-level map of Missouri showing urban and rural counties as of 2017, and statistics on victim rates, with breakdowns by 7 levels of population density.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Missouri Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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A Community-Based Marketing Campaign at Farmers Markets to Encourage Fruit and Vegetable Purchases in Rural Counties With High Rates of Obesity, Kentucky, 2015-2016
Examines effectiveness of the Plate it Up Kentucky Proud program, targeting farmers market shoppers in 6 rural Kentucky counties in the Delta and Appalachian regions, from September 2014-September 2016. Features statistics including age, sex, income, and rate of consumption of fruit, salad, and other vegetables.
Author(s): Emily DeWitt, Margaret McGladrey, Emily Liu, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 14
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
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Health Conditions and Behaviors of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Persons in the United States, 2014
Offers detailed statistics on health conditions and behaviors for the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) population and for multiple and single-race NHPI populations, with comparisons to other racial groups and to the U.S. population as a whole. Topics covered include general health status, specific health conditions, disabilities, body mass index, physical activity, and substance use.
Author(s): Adena M. Galinsky, Carla E. Zelaya, Catherine Simile, Patricia M. Barnes
Citation: Vital and Health Statistics, 3(40)
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Mass Media Campaign to Reduce Consumption of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages in a Rural Area of the United States
Results of a study in which messages about health risks associated with sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) were disseminated in 2015-2016 through television, digital channels, and local organizations, in 17 rural counties in Tennessee, Virginia, and Kentucky. Features statistics including comparisons of SSB sales in this area before and after the campaign.
Author(s): Thomas A. Farley, Hayli S. Halper, Anne M. Carlin, et al.
Citation: American Journal of Public Health, 107(6), 989-995
Date: 06/2017
Type: Document
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Coast to Cascade Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) Program
Features a video on the Coast to Cascade Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) program, which uses the national CATCH curriculum to promote nutrition and fitness for kids in Oregon's East Linn and Lincoln counties.
Date: 06/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Medical Barriers to Nursing Home Care for Rural Residents
Explores challenges faced by rural people seeking placement in nursing homes, especially those with behavioral or psychiatric conditions, complex care needs, dementia, or obesity, and identifies possible solutions through policy changes. Uses data from telephone interviews with 23 discharge planners from rural hospitals in Georgia, Idaho, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
Author(s): Carrie Henning-Smith, Michelle Casey, Shailendra Prasad, Katy Kozhimannil
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Is Urban-Rural Location Associated With Weight Status in School Children? An Examination of 42 Small and Rural Californian Counties
Study examining differences in overweight and obesity in urban and rural California public school students during 2010-2011. Features statistics including age, sex, grade level, race or ethnicity, eligibility for free or reduced price lunches, and body mass index, with breakdowns by four levels of urban or rural school status.
Author(s): Ron Strochlic, Lauren E. Au, Lorrene Ritchie
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 17(2), 3966
Date: 04/2017
Type: Document
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