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Rural Obesity and Weight Control – Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Rural Obesity and Weight Control.

Overweight and Obesity Among School Bus Drivers in Rural Arkansas
Results of a study conducted from January-July 2017 providing data on the prevalence, risk factors, and perceptions of overweight and obesity among 45 bus drivers. Features demographic statistics and selected comments from focus group participants.
Author(s): Karen H. Kim Yeary, Xiaofei Chi, Shelly Lensing, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 16
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
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User Engagement Associated with Web-Intervention Features to Attain Clinically Meaningful Weight Loss and Weight Maintenance in Rural Women
Discusses messaging and tracking features within web-based weight loss interventions and their efficacy in achieving clinically meaningful short-term and longer-term weight loss in 201 women living in rural Nebraska. Explores the web-based intervention's potential as a telemedicine option in rural areas.
Author(s): Patricia A. Hageman, Joseph E. Mroz, Michael A. Yoerger, Carol H. Pullen
Citation: Journal of Obesity, 2019
Date: 03/2019
Type: Document
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Rural-Urban Variation in Weight Loss Recommendations Among US Older Adults with Arthritis and Obesity
Analyzes 2011 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data to identify rural and urban differences in the number of older adults with obesity and arthritis who received weight loss recommendations (WLR) from healthcare providers. Includes data from 5 states on WLR receipt according to age, sex, education, race/ethnicity, income, and population density.
Author(s): Mary Greaney, Steven Cohen, Christie Ward-Ritacco, Deborah Riebe
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(6), 946
Date: 03/2019
Type: Document
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Objectively Measured Pediatric Obesity Prevalence Using the OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium
Results of a study measuring the prevalence of obesity among Florida children ages 2-19, using electronic health records. Features demographics and statistics of rates of obesity and severe obesity, with breakdowns by metropolitan, micropolitan, and rural location.
Author(s): Dominick J. Lemas, Michelle I. Cardel, Stephanie L. Fillip, et al.
Citation: Obesity Research & Clinical Practice, 13(1), 12-15
Date: 2019
Type: Document
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Rural Insights on Adult and Youth Obesity, a National and Community-Based Perspective
Webinar recording features a discussion of the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) reports on obesity in children and adults. Discusses the findings regarding differences in obesity rates for rural and urban areas.
Additional links: Audio Recording, Webinar Slides, Webinar Transcript
Date: 10/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Body Mass Index Category Moderates the Relationship Between Depressive Symptoms and Diet Quality in Overweight and Obese Rural-Dwelling Adults.
Examines questionnaire responses from adults in rural Kentucky to determine whether overall diet quality varies according to body mass index (BMI) category and presence of depressive symptoms in people with or at increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Contains data comparing healthy eating habits among depressed and non-depressed individuals who are overweight or obese, including breakdowns by age, sex, race/ethnicity, marital status, education, comorbidities, and other characteristics.
Author(s): Demetrius Abshire, Terry Lennie, Misook Chung, et al.
Citation: Journal of Rural Health, 34(4), 377-387
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
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Weight Loss Success of Participants Residing in Rural and Urban Areas
Compares the weight loss outcomes of residents in rural and urban areas of Arkansas and Vermont participating in an on-line behavioral weight loss intervention, and assesses any rural and urban differences in adherence to treatment goals.
Author(s): Elise Mench, Delia West, Rebecca Krukowski, Jean Harvey
Citation: Journal of Rural Health, 34(4), 396-400
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
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Assessing Effectiveness and Cost-Benefit of the Trinity Hospital Twin City Fit for Life Program for Weight Loss and Diabetes Prevention in a Rural Midwestern Town
Reports on Fit For Life (FFL), a health education program that works to address the causes of obesity in rural settings and helps program participants lose weight. Highlights discussion on assessing effectiveness, replication, and cost-effectiveness of lifestyle interventions in a rural Appalachian Ohio county. Covers lessons learned and practice implications.
Author(s): Timothy McKnight, Jennifer R. Demuth, Natalie Wilson, Jonathon P. Leider, Alana Knudson
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 15
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
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Differences in Obesity Prevalence by Demographics and Urbanization in US Children and Adolescents, 2013-2016
Analyzes child and adolescent obesity prevalence in the United States. Provides data and statistics on obesity and severe obesity trends from 2001–2004 to 2013–2016, including rural and urban comparisons.
Author(s): Cynthia Ogden, Cheryl Fryar, Craig Hales, et al.
Citation: JAMA, 319(23), 2410-2418
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
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Differences in Obesity Prevalence by Demographic Characteristics and Urbanization Level Among Adults in the United States, 2013-2016
Uses nationally representative data to compare rural and urban areas on obesity and severe obesity. Includes data and statistics on body mass index and obesity prevalence trends among adults from 2001-2004 and 2013-2016, with information broken down by sex and level of urbanization.
Author(s): Craig Hales, Cheryl Fryar, Margaret Carroll, et al.
Citation: JAMA, 319(23), 2419-2429
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
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Last Updated: 5/12/2022