How the Built Environment Contributes to the Adolescent Obesity Epidemic: A Multifaceted Approach

  • Amy L. Lanza Vanderbilt University
  • Jamie Pope
  • Brian Mayrsohn

Abstract

The public health status of the United States is in a critical state. Rates of overweight and obese children are on the rise in nearly every community in the nation, and obesity is quickly becoming a global problem as well. While there are many biological, cultural, and psychological factors that play into the rising rates, social factors as a cause of decreasing health are often overlooked. The “built environment,” or each community’s living, working, and eating spaces, plays a large role in determining the actions taken by individuals in a community. In this study, the built environments of two socioeconomically different neighborhoods in Nashville, Tennessee, are analyzed. The resulting data is compared to Tennessee state health census reports to posit that a decreased quality of food and physical activity related built environments parallels a rise in chronic health problems.
Published
07-14-2012
How to Cite
LANZA, Amy L.; POPE, Jamie; MAYRSOHN, Brian. How the Built Environment Contributes to the Adolescent Obesity Epidemic: A Multifaceted Approach. Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Journal, [S.l.], v. 8, july 2012. ISSN 1555-788X. Available at: <http://ejournals.library.vanderbilt.edu/index.php/vurj/article/view/3504>. Date accessed: 18 nov. 2017. doi: https://doi.org/10.15695/vurj.v8i0.3504.
Section
Humanities and Social Sciences

Keywords

Nutrition; Physical Activity; Disease