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Associating food environments with obesity?

Robust evaluation of both the evidence base and the methodological approaches taken is vital in considering the impact of food environments on obesity, say Claire Griffiths, Emma Wilkins and Michelle Morris

In the UK two-thirds of adults, a quarter of 2-10 year olds and a third of 11-15 year olds are overweight or obese.1,2 The harmful effects of obesity are felt not only by individuals, through worsened health risks, but also by society as a whole – obesity-related illnesses cost the NHS an estimated £6.1 billion a year, and as a result obesity is a cross-government national priority in the UK. The direct cause of excess weight can be presented….

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This article featured in The Journal of the Town and Country Planning Association, Vol.85, No.11