Associations with Urban Sprawl, Food Insecurity, and the Joint Insecurity-Obesity Paradox

17 Pages Posted: 22 Oct 2009

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Thomas James Christian

Abt Associates, Inc. - Domestic Health Division

Date Written: October 20, 2009

Abstract

The research tests whether the likelihood of food insecurity and “paradoxical” joint insecurity-obesity occurrences vary over the degree of urban sprawl, using data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System’s Social Context Module (1996-1997). There are significantly negative associations between urban sprawl and the likelihood of food insecurity, and that insecurity is more likely in areas of less developed street connectivity. Joint outcomes are more likely in less sprawled areas, but that likelihood is greater in better connected areas, failing to support theories proposing healthy food inaccessibility is a determinant of joint outcomes.

Keywords: Food Insecurity, Obesity, Built Environment, Sprawl, Accessibility, Urban Health

JEL Classification: I10, I12

Suggested Citation

Christian, Thomas James, Associations with Urban Sprawl, Food Insecurity, and the Joint Insecurity-Obesity Paradox (October 20, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1491754 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1491754

Thomas James Christian (Contact Author)

Abt Associates, Inc. - Domestic Health Division ( email )

55 Wheeler St.
Cambridge, MA 02138-1168
United States

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