Neighborhood park access and park characteristics are associated with weight status in youth.
This study investigated park access and park quality in the context of childhood obesity. Participants were 20,638 children ages 6-17y from a large primary care health system. Analyses tested associations of park access and park characteristics with children's weight status, and sociodemographic interactions. Both park access and the quality of nearest park were associated with a lower odds of having obesity. Park quality interacted with age, sex, and income. Findings suggest park access is important for supporting a healthy weight in children. Park quality may be most important among 12-14-year-olds, girls, and higher income groups.
Health & place
Child; Female; Humans; Adolescent; Pediatric Obesity; Health Status; Income
Childhood obesity; Park access; Park quality
Jiang Q, Carlson JA, Kaczynski AT, et al. Neighborhood park access and park characteristics are associated with weight status in youth. Health Place. 2023;83:103116. doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2023.103116