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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

Law Faculty Publications

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.


Building Healthy Cities: Legal Frameworks And Considerations, Wendy Collins Perdue Jan 2005

Building Healthy Cities: Legal Frameworks And Considerations, Wendy Collins Perdue

Law Faculty Publications

This chapter will explore the range of laws and government policies that have shaped the physical structure of U.S. cities and thereby impacted the health of those cities' residents. This analysis will highlight the many, apparently "private" decisions that have been impacted by government policies. Though some of the laws, policies, prohibitions, and incentives have been formulated explicitly to take into account health considerations, others have unintended effects - both good and bad - on the health of urban populations.


Smart Growth For Community Development, Wendy Collins Perdue Jan 2004

Smart Growth For Community Development, Wendy Collins Perdue

Law Faculty Publications

The built environment has a profound effect on public health. For instance, community transportation policy influences pollution levels, which in turn contribute to levels of illness and death. The panelists for this session elaborate on this concept with perspectives drawn from varied experiences.


Public Health And The Built Environment: Historical, Empirical, And Theoretical Foundations For An Expanded Role, Wendy Collins Perdue, Lawrence O. Gostin, Lesley A. Stone Jan 2003

Public Health And The Built Environment: Historical, Empirical, And Theoretical Foundations For An Expanded Role, Wendy Collins Perdue, Lawrence O. Gostin, Lesley A. Stone

Law Faculty Publications

In 2000, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Environmental Health issued a report that explored some of the ways in which "sprawl" impacts public health. The report has generated great interest, and state health officials are beginning to discuss the relationship between land use and public health. The CDC report has also produced a backlash. For example, the Southern California Building Industry Association labeled the report "a ludicrous sham" and argued that the CDC should stick to "fighting physical diseases, not defending political ones."

In this environment, it is understandable if the CDC looks to ...