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University of Richmond

Land use

2010

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Obesity, Poverty, And The Built Environment: Challenges And Opportunity, Wendy Collins Perdue Jan 2010

Obesity, Poverty, And The Built Environment: Challenges And Opportunity, Wendy Collins Perdue

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Obesity and its associated chronic diseases have become a major health concern in the United States.... Approximately two thirds of adults in the United States are either overweight or obese, and the condition is linked to diabetes, high blood pressure and other chronic conditions requiring ongoing medical supervision. Obesity is a particular health concern for the poor. Not only are obesity rates generally higher among those with lower socioeconomic status, but the chronic conditions caused by obesity may present a particular challenge for the poor who often lack access to necessary ongoing medical supervision.