The association between neighborhood greenness and weight status: An observational study in Perth Western Australia

Pereira, G, Christian, H, Foster, S, Boruff, B, Bull, F, Knuiman, M and Giles-Corti, B 2013, 'The association between neighborhood greenness and weight status: An observational study in Perth Western Australia', Environmental Health: A Global Access Science Source, vol. 12, no. 1, 49, pp. 1-9.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title The association between neighborhood greenness and weight status: An observational study in Perth Western Australia
Author(s) Pereira, G
Christian, H
Foster, S
Boruff, B
Bull, F
Knuiman, M
Giles-Corti, B
Year 2013
Journal name Environmental Health: A Global Access Science Source
Volume number 12
Issue number 1
Article Number 49
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Publisher BioMed Central
Abstract Background: Few studies have examined the relationship between weight status and objectively measured neighborhood greenness and no study has examined this relationship across the different stages of adulthood. This research was an investigation of weight status and neighborhood greenness using objectively measured satellite remote sensing for a large population representative sample. Method. Cross-sectional study of 10,208 young adults (16-24 years), mid-age adults (25-64 years) and older adults (65+ years) from a population representative sample for the period 2004-2009 in Perth, Western Australia. Neighborhood greenness was ascertained for a 1600m road network service area around each participant's address using the mean and standard deviation of the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) obtained from remote sensing. Multiple logistic regression was used to assess associations with weight status (overweight-or-obese, obese) adjusted for socio-demographics and health-related behaviors. Results: The adjusted odds ratio (OR) comparing obesity in the highest to the lowest tertile of mean greenness was 0.78 (95% CI 0.69-0.89). For the same comparison, the OR for overweight-or-obese was similar, 0.84 (95% CI 0.76-0.92). The OR comparing obesity in the highest to lowest tertile of variation in greenness was 0.75 (95% CI 0.66-0.85). For the same comparison, the OR for overweight-or-obese was similar, 0.75 (95% CI 0.68-0.82). Conclusion: Higher levels and greater variation of neighborhood greenness are associated with lower odds of obesity among adults of all ages. Research examining neighborhood characteristics correlated with variability in greenness will help better understand these relationships.
Subject Epidemiology
Urban and Regional Planning not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Adiposity
BMI
Built environment
NDVI
Obesity
Vegetation
DOI - identifier 10.1186/1476-069X-12-49
Copyright notice © 2013 Pereira et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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