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A Spatial Analysis of Obesity in West Virginia

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  • Anura Amarasinghe

    (Division of Resource Management, West Virginia University)

  • Gerard D'Souza

    ()
    (Division of Resource Management, West Virginia University)

  • Cheryl Brown

    ()
    (Division of Resource Management, West Virginia University)

  • Tatiana Borisova

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    (University of Florida)

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    Abstract

    A spatial panel data analysis at the county level examines how individual food consumption, recreational, and lifestyle choices ? against a backdrop of changing demographic, built environment, and policy factors ? leads to obesity. Results suggest that obesity tends to be spatially autocorrelated; in addition to hereditary factors and lifestyle choices, it is also caused by sprawl and lack of land use planning. Policy measures which stimulate educational attainment, poverty alleviation, and promotion of better land use planning and best consumption practices (BCPs) could both reduce obesity and result in sustainable development of regions where obesity is prevalent and the economy is lagging.

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    Paper provided by Regional Research Institute, West Virginia University in its series Working Papers with number 200613.

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    Length: 38 pages
    Date of creation: 2006
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    Handle: RePEc:rri:wpaper:200613

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    Keywords: spatial panel; obesity; educational attainment; poverty; land use;

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