Influence of home/school environments on children's obesity, diet, and physical activity: the SUECO study protocol

Julia Diez*, Roberto Valiente, Pedro Gullon, Luis Cereijo, Mario Fontan-Vela, Alba Rapela, Alejandro Blanco, Irene Valero, Agustin Haro, Gema Blasco, Jose Manuel Diaz-Olalla, Manuel Franco

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Abstract

Objective
The SUECO study examines the relationship between urban obesogenic environments and health outcomes among school-age children in the city of Madrid, Spain. We will study how features of the urban environment (related to the food- and the physical activity environment) associate with children's anthropometrics, eating habits, and physical activity levels.

Method
We describe the study protocol of this multilevel study in a representative sample of school-age children in the city of Madrid (2017; n = 5,961 children ages 3-12). Main outcome variables include anthropometrics (body mass index, waist circumference, and body fat), healthy and unhealthy consumption measures, and physical activity measures. The primary explanatory variables are grouped into food environment (e.g., unhealthy food retailers’ density) and physical activity environment (e.g., walkability, physical activity opportunities) variable categories. Multilevel models will be used to calculate the associations between each indicator and obesity and physical inactivity.
Original languageEnglish
JournalGaceta Sanitaria
Early online date7 Jul 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 Jul 2021
Externally publishedYes

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