From December 2006 to January 2008, a research team at the Urban Institute in Washington analyzed the relationship between community characteristics and the prevalence of childhood obesity, and used the results to predict the risk for childhood obesity in states and communities across the country.
Among the community factors included in the analysis were racial/ethnic makeup, income and education levels, employment characteristics, family composition, housing stock and access to supermarkets.
The purpose was to increase understanding of childhood obesity at the state and local levels so that policy-makers and funders could more readily target resources to geographic areas where children are most at risk.
The Urban Institute produced a report with a series of maps and tables predicting the relative risk for childhood obesity in all 50 states and within communities across each state.
Among the report's findings:
In their report, the researchers conclude: