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Investigating Environmental Determinants of Diet, Physical Activity, and Overweight among Adults in Sao Paulo, Brazil

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Author(s):
Jaime, Patricia Constante [1] ; Duran, Ana Clara [2] ; Sarti, Flavia Mori [3] ; Lock, Karen [4]
Total Authors: 4
Affiliation:
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, Sch Publ Hlth, Dept Nutr, Sao Paulo - Brazil
[2] Univ Sao Paulo, Sch Publ Hlth, Publ Hlth Nutr Program, Sao Paulo - Brazil
[3] Univ Sao Paulo, Sch Arts Sci & Humanities, Sao Paulo - Brazil
[4] Univ London, London Sch Hyg & Trop Med, Dept Publ Hlth & Policy, London - England
Total Affiliations: 4
Document type: Journal article
Source: JOURNAL OF URBAN HEALTH-BULLETIN OF THE NEW YORK ACADEMY OF MEDICINE; v. 88, n. 3, p. 567-581, JUN 2011.
Web of Science Citations: 43
Abstract

There is worldwide recognition that the burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and obesity-related health problems is rapidly increasing in low- and middle-income countries. Environmental determinants of obesity are likely to differ between countries, particularly in those undergoing rapid socioeconomic and nutrition transitions such as Brazil. This study aims to describe some built environment and local food environment variables and to explore their association with the overweight rate and diet and physical activity area-level aggregated indicators of adults living in the city of Sao Paulo, the largest city in Brazil. This formative study includes an ecological analysis of environmental factors associated with overweight across 31 submunicipalities of the city of Sao Paulo using statistical and spatial analyses. Average prevalence of overweight was 41.69% (95% confidence interval 38.74, 44.64), ranging from 27.14% to 60.75% across the submunicipalities. There was a wide geographical variation of both individual diet and physical activity, and indicators of food and built environments, favoring wealthier areas. After controlling for area socioeconomic status, there was a positive correlation between regular fruits and vegetables (FV) intake and density of FV specialized food markets (r = 0.497; p < 0.001), but no relationship between fast-food restaurant density and overweight prevalence was found. A negative association between overweight prevalence and density of parks and public sport facilities was seen (r = -0.527; p < 0.05). Understanding the relationship between local neighborhood environments and increasing rates of poor diet, physical activity, and obesity is essential in countries undergoing rapid economic and urban development, such as Brazil, in order to provide insights for policies to reduce increasing rates of NCDs and food access and health inequalities. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 09/06955-7 - Geographic information analysis on environmental determinants of obesity among working age adults
Grantee:Patricia Constante Jaime
Support type: Scholarships abroad - Research