Childhood obesity more likely to affect children in poorer neighborhood

RICE UNIVERSITY NEWS & MEDIA:  11/9/12

Children living in poorer neighborhoods are nearly 30 percent more likely to be obese than children in more affluent residences, according to a new study from Rice University.

The study by Rice sociologists Rachel Tolbert Kimbro, director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research’s Urban Health Program, and Justin Denney, associate director of the program, reveals that living in neighborhoods with higher levels of poverty and lower levels of education is associated with increased child obesity risk, regardless of family composition or other individual factors. The research also showed that living in neighborhoods with a higher proportion of foreign-born residents is associated with reduced child obesity risk. Read more