Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Study Examines Effects of ‘Neighborhood Poverty’ on Obesity

"The effects of neighborhood poverty on children's weight may be just as important as the effects of family poverty," according to a study published in the Journal of Applied Development Psychology. Researchers from Cornell, Princeton, and Columbia Universities found that by age 2, low birth-weight infants from poor areas have higher body mass index levels compared to low birth-weight peers from wealthier neighborhoods, and that the risk of obesity for children in the former category stays higher as they grow up.

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