Selected recent or important resources focusing on Rural Obesity and Weight Control.
Use of Small-Area Estimates to Describe County-Level Geographic Variation in Prevalence of Extreme Obesity Among US Adults
Study examining the variability in prevalence of extreme obesity at the county level, using small-area estimation to pinpoint specific areas of high and low prevalence. Uses data from the 2012 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and the U.S. Census Bureau to create county-level estimates for adults over 18 years of age. Discusses contrasting pictures of extreme obesity at a broad state level and at the county level, highlighting ranges of prevalence in select states and noting some areas of rural prevalence.
Author(s): Carrie W. Mills, Glen Johnson, Terry T. K. Huang, et al. Citation: JAMA Network Open, 3(5), e204289 Date: 05/2020 Type: Document view details
CDC High Obesity Program Collection
Special publication featuring articles from the Preventing
Chronic Disease journal. Includes articles highlighting
programs that address the high rates of obesity in rural
communities across the U.S. Each study evaluates the
methods and efficacy of the interventions and discusses
their implications on public health more broadly.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 17 Date: 03/2020 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention view details
The High Obesity Program: A Collaboration Between Public Health and Cooperative Extension Services to Address Obesity
Describes the activities of Programs to Reduce Obesity in
High Obesity Areas, also known as High Obesity Program (HOP),
developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) in partnership with land grant universities and local
Cooperative Extension Offices. HOP was designed to
implement evidence-based strategies to improve physical
activity and nutrition in mostly rural communities with
high rates of obesity to reduce obesity and prevent or
control diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
Author(s): Sahra Kahin, Ashleigh Murriel, Anu Pejavara, Terrence O'Toole, Ruth Petersen Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 17 Date: 03/2020 Type: Document view details
Addressing Obesity in Nebraska's Youth: Water Consumption in Schools
Report details an effort to promote water consumption as a
replacement for sugary beverages in order to combat obesity
in Nebraska schools. Highlights ways the state has
increased access to water fountains and water bottle
filling stations. Compares rates of obesity to other states
for children and adults.
Author(s): Jon Bailey Date: 01/2020 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Affairs view details
Development of a National Childhood Obesogenic Environment Index in the United States: Differences by Region and Rurality
Details the formation of a childhood obesogenic environment index (COEI), which was used to identify rural, urban, and other geographic differences in environmental factors associated with obesity. Variables used to calculate COEI scores include availability of fast-food restaurants, farmers markets, grocery stores, and other related facilities; access to exercise opportunities; violent crime; walkability; and more. Includes county-level data on COEI scores across the U.S.
Author(s): Andrew Kaczynski, Jan Eberth, Ellen Stowe, et al. Citation: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 17(83) Date: 2020 Type: Document view details
A Health Equity Approach to Obesity Efforts: Proceedings of a Workshop
Proceedings of a workshop focused on health equity in demographic groups with a higher risk of obesity and how to address those issues in obesity treatment and prevention efforts. Covers disparities in obesity prevalence, including for rural areas and American Indian/Alaska Natives, social determinants of health, community and public health approaches for preventing and treating obesity, and effective healthcare interventions.
Read Online: Full Proceedings, Read Online: Summary, June 2019
Author(s): Roundtable on Obesity Solutions Date: 12/2019 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine view details
Development of a Childhood Obesogenic Environment Index
Findings brief describing the development of a childhood
obesogenic environment index using 10 variables related to
physical activity and healthy eating. Discusses differences
in the childhood obesogenic environment index data by
rurality and region of the United States.
Author(s): Andrew T. Kaczynski, Jan M. Eberth, Angela D. Liese, et al. Date: 08/2019 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Rural and Minority Health Research Center (formerly the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center) view details
A Qualitative Study Identifying Barriers and Facilitators of Physical Activity in Rural Communities
Highlights a study on physical activity rates and
structural impediments and advantages within rural
communities that affect those rates. Bases findings on
interviews with rural adults in southeast Missouri.
Examines the attitudes and concerns about physical activity
and makes suggestions for future interventions.
Author(s): Amanda S. Gilbert, Dixie D. Duncan, Alan M. Beck, et al. Citation: Journal of Environmental and Public Health Date: 06/2019 Type: Document view details