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Resources for Understanding Obesity

Information in this module was developed in part using these resources:

2011 Report to the Secretary: Rural Health and Human Services Issues
This report examines rural childhood obesity and presents recommendations for improving the health and well-being of rural residents.
Organization(s): National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
Date: 3/2011

The Economic Impact of Obesity in the United States
This article reviews the evidence on the impact of medical, productivity, transportation, and human capital costs on obesity and identifies important gaps for future research.
Author(s): Hammond, R.A. & Levine, R.
Citation: Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity: Targets and Therapy, 3: 285-295
Date: 8/2010

Is Rural Residency a Risk Factor for Overweight and Obesity for U.S. Children?
This journal article examines how residing in a rural community is a risk factor for overweight and obesity in childhood.
Author(s): Lutfiyya, M.N., Lipsky, M.S., Wisdom-Behounek, J., & Inpanbutr-Martinkus, M.
Citation: Obesity, 15(9)
Date: 9/2007

A Meta-Analytic Review of Obesity Prevention Programs for Children and Adolescents: The Skinny on Interventions that Work
This meta-analytic review provides a summary of obesity prevention programs, examining, among other topics, their design features, intervention activities, and effects.
Author(s): Stice, E., Shaw, H., & Marti, C.N.
Citation: Psychological Bulletin, 132(5): 667–691
Date: 2006

Obesity and Related Health Behaviors Among Urban and Rural Children in the United States: Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2003–2004 and 2005–2006
This study assessed rates of overweight and obesity among rural and urban children and identified the differences in modifiable health behaviors.
Author(s): McGrath Davis, A., Bennett, K.J., Befort, C., & Nollen, N.
Citation: Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 36 (6):669-676
Date: 2011

Overweight and Obesity
Provides definitions of overweight and obesity.
Organization(s): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Overweight and Physical Inactivity among Rural Children Aged 10-17: A National and State Portrait
Using the 2000 CDC BMI charts as a reference, this report examines the presence of overweight and obesity among children in rural and urban communities.
Author(s): Liu J., et al.
Organization(s): South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
Date: 10/2007

Prevalence of Obesity Among Adults From Rural and Urban Areas of the United States: Findings From NHANES (2005-2008)
This study is the first analysis of obesity prevalence in rural and urban adults using BMI classification.
Author(s): Befort, C., Nazir, N., & Perri, M.
Citation: Journal of Rural Health, 28 (4): 392-397
Date: 2012

Prevalence of Obesity and Trends in the Distribution of Body Mass Index Among US Adults, 1999-2010
This study estimated the prevalence of adult obesity from the 2009-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) and compared adult obesity and the distribution of BMI with data from 1999-2008.
Author(s): Flegal, K.M., Carroll, M.D., Kit, B.K., & Ogden, C.L.
Citation: Journal of the American Medical Association, 307(5):491-497
Date: 2012

Reports on Rural America: Demographic Trends in Rural and Small Town America
Summarizes population redistribution trends in rural and small town communities and describes its social, economic, and political importance.
Organization(s): Johnson K. Carsey Institute; Annie E. Casey Foundation; W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Date: 2006

Rural Grocery Stores: Importance and Challenges
This brief examines trends regarding rural grocery stores, reasons why rural communities are losing grocery stores, and presents personal and community implications.
Author(s): Bailey, J.
Organization(s): Center for Rural Affairs
Date: 10/2010

Rural Healthy People 2010, Nutrition and Overweight Concerns in Rural Areas: A Literature Review
Provides a brief review and a summary of solutions for several rural health priority diseases or conditions.
Author(s): Tai-Seale, T. & Chandler, C.
Date: 2010