Obesity

A group of protestors oppose mandatory vaccinations during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Shifting Demographics of Covid-19

For most of the Covid-19 pandemic, Black Americans died at much higher rates than White Americans. That trend has reversed at times during the past year.

October 23, 2022 - The Washington Post

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COVID Deaths: U.S. in a League of its Own

An analysis by The New York Times compares current and cumulative COVID deaths in the U.S. to other large, wealthy countries. Data analyzed include vaccination, age and obesity levels, and public trust, all factors that influence outcomes.

February 9, 2022 - The New York Times

Highway Interchange

Obesity Tied to Suburban Life

London-based study ties obesity to sprawl and finds that suburbs have a bigger obesity problem than rural areas.

October 15, 2017 - CityLab

London Crowded Street

Study Touts the Public Health Benefits of Dense, Urban Living

A study of British cities find people living in dense urban cores are less likely to struggle with obesity and more likely to exercise—signs of higher quality of life—than their counterparts in suburban environments.

October 6, 2017 - Reuters via The Guardian

Fast Food Restaurants

Transportation Access, Inactivity, and Obesity Play a Role in Cancer Deaths

As smoking related cancer deaths decline, other unhealthy lifestyle choices are quickly replacing it as a leading causes of cancer.

June 13, 2017 - USA Today

Straphangers

Study: Transit Really Does Reduce Obesity

It's difficult to definitively link transit use with lower rates of obesity, but it makes intuitive sense. Here's another attempt, using county-level data.

May 21, 2017 - Pacific Standard

Ocean Grove Sidewalk

Mixed-Use Development as an Obesity Reduction Tool

An introductory lesson in mixed-use development produces lessons and resources for obesity reduction.

August 10, 2016 - Forbes

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Don't Blame Supermarkets for Food Deserts

Quartz makes the point that supermarkets alone won't solve the problem of poor diets among low-income Americans.

December 11, 2015 - Quartz

Planning for Fitness in Oklahoma City

Six years ago, the 620-square-mile city had not one bike lane and forty McDonald's franchises.

November 19, 2015 - Huffington Post

Planners Reboot Public Health Efforts in South Los Angeles

A law passed to combat obesity and diabetes in South Los Angeles by slowing the proliferation of fast food restaurants has done little to change the landscape of the area.

May 11, 2015 - Los Angeles Times

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Study: Income Inequality Lowers Life Expectancy

Research suggests a correlation between regional income inequality and poorer health. Several statistical and sociological causes may come into play.

April 10, 2015 - New York Times

Fast Food

Fighting Food Deserts in Los Angeles

Public health analysts and justice activists are tackling food deserts in a state known for its agricultural output. Low-income neighborhoods of color are the hardest hit by a lack of grocery options.

March 20, 2015 - Pacific Standard

Study: South Los Angeles Fast Food Ban Didn't Cut the Fat

A fast food ban enacted in 2008 in an effort to curb obesity, diabetes, and other chronic health issues failed to achieve its well-intentioned goals, according to a new study by the RAND Corporation.

March 19, 2015 - RAND

Study Reveals China's Middle Class Obesity Problem

A study titled "Walking, obesity and urban design in Chinese neighborhoods" finds that the population with least access to walkable neighborhoods in China—namely, the middle class, are suffering the worst of the country's growing obesity problem.

November 19, 2014 - CityLab

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For Playable Cities: Make the City a Playground

The "Using Behavioral Economics to Create Playable Cities" report suggests that so much time spent in front of screens, and the continued need to counter the obesity epidemic, requires new thinking about play for children living in cities.

October 30, 2014 - Next City

'RiverFit': A Pop-Up Fitness Park in Memphis

Hoping to combat the city's dismal rankings in obesity, public and private partners launched the RiverFit pop-up fitness park along the Mississippi River in September.

October 8, 2014 - The Trust for Public Land - City Parks Blog

Study: Active Commutes Correlate to Positive Public Health Outcomes

The Alliance for Biking and Walking’s 2014 Benchmarking report found a strong correlation between active commuting rates and health outcomes like diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure.

April 20, 2014 - Streetsblog USA

Food Sign

Report: Improving Food Deserts Doesn’t Improve Health Outcomes

A new study published in the February issue of Health Affairs presents evidence that providing fresh food in food deserts does not improve diets or health outcomes for residents.

February 4, 2014 - National Journal

Maybe Fast Food Isn't to Blame for Obesity After All

Though cities like Los Angeles have established moratoriums on the construction of new fast food residents in an effort to tackle obesity, a new study questions the importance of place-based causes and solutions.

January 20, 2014 - Los Angeles Times

Even Controlling For Poverty, Urban Places Are Thinner Than Suburbs

Poor neighborhoods tend to be fatter than rich ones, whether they are urban or suburban. However, poor urban areas tend to be thinner than poor suburban areas, and rich urban areas tend to be thinner than rich suburban areas.

December 22, 2013 - Michael Lewyn

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