Certain regions in the US are characterised by a higher prevalence of obesity, which suggests that a person's socioeconomic, physical and social environments can affect opportunities for healthy behaviours that might prevent excess weight gain, researchers said.
The study began between 2000 and 2002 and a seven-year follow-up was conducted between 2007 and 2009, at which time 1,835 participants completed a detailed survey, anthropometric measures, and laboratory testing.
"This study sheds important light on the impact that changes in neighbourhood socioeconomic deprivation by moving can have on weight change and subsequent obesity," said lead investigator Tiffany M Powell-Wiley, from Division of Intramural Research, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Branch, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
The study was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.


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