The Association Between Living Environmental Factors and Adolescents' Body Weight [post]

SIYI HUANG, Sha Sha, Wei Du, Hanwen Zhang, Xinyi Wu, Chongmin Jiang, Yan Zhao, Jie Yang
2020 unpublished
BackgroundThe effect of living environment on public health has received increasingly scholarly attention. This study aims to explore the relationship between adolescents' body weight and their living environmental factors. MethodsThis cross-sectional study comprised 1362 middle-school students from Nanjing and 826 from Changzhou in China. We further collected information on living environmental factors based on their home address and ran a univariate logistic analysis for each variable to
more » ... ch variable to explore potential correlations.ResultsApproximately 25% (n=303) of students from Nanjing and 26% (n=205) of students from Changzhou were excessively overweight. In Nanjing, students' BMI (Body Mass Index) showed a strong negative correlation with the number of sports venues in their neighbourhood (OR: 0.61, 95%CI: 0.40-0.94). In Changzhou, we observed a positive correlation between adolescents' body weight and the number of bus stops in their neighbourhood (OR:1.53, 95%CI:1.06-2.21). ConclusionsThe living environment factors were independently associated with teenagers' excessive body weight, and the environmental risk factors might be associated with political management. Public policies change students' living environments, finally affecting individual behaviours and health outcomes.
doi:10.21203/ fatcat:glmy2xzfzvcnfjtao2ii4l75oq