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Where You Live may Help You to Increase or Decrease Body Weight

by Bidita Debnath on May 10, 2015 at 12:22 AM
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Where You Live may Help You to Increase or Decrease Body Weight

Next time you begin house hunting, try for an upscale neighborhood to keep your body weight in check, suggests a new research. The US researchers found that people who moved to more socio-economically deprived neighborhoods gained additional weight.

"This study sheds important light on the impact that changes in neighborhood socioeconomic deprivation by moving can have on weight change and subsequent obesity," said lead investigator Tiffany Powell-Wiley from National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, US National Institutes of Health.


Researchers used data from the Dallas Heart Survey (DHS), a probability-based sample of over 3,000 Dallas County residents aged 18-65 years.

The study began between 2000 and 2002 and a seven-year follow-up was conducted between 2007 and 2009, at which time 1,835 participants completed a detailed survey, anthropometric measures, and laboratory testing.

Each participant was linked to Dallas County census block groups, and a neighborhood Deprivation Index (NDI) was calculated for each block group.

Among people who relocated, 263 participants moved to a higher-NDI neighborhood, 586 to a lower-NDI neighborhood, 47 participants moved but had no NDI change, and 939 participants remained in the same neighborhood.

Those who moved to higher-NDI areas gained more weight compared to those who remained at the same NDI or moved to lower NDI. (0.64 kg per 1-unit NDI increase).

Those who moved to higher-NDI neighborhoods, the impact of NDI change on weight gain increased for those who lived in a new neighborhood for more than four years, with a mean additional weight gain per one-unit NDI increase of 0.85 kg.

The study was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Source: IANS


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