The Influence of the Food Environment on Childhood Obesity

Associate Name: Sara Bleich

Funding Source/Period of the Grant: HPC Pilot 07/01/14-06/30/15


This study aims to examine the influence of the food environment on childhood obesity and the extent to which this relationship is mediated by household purchases of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) and participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Until now, studies on the food environment and childhood obesity are limited in part because national surveys that collect data on childhood obesity and obesity-related risk factors have included few or no data on the neighborhood conditions of the survey respondents. Dr. Bleich using a unique dataset collected by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) called the National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey (FoodAPS).   FoodAPS  is the first nationally representative survey of American households to collect comprehensive data about household food purchases as well as rich information about the neighborhood food environment. 


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