Data was collected from four densely populated, inner-city neighborhoods in four New Jersey cities between 2009 and 2010. Weight status of 702 children, ages 3–18, was assessed based upon parent-provided height and weight measurements. The distance to food locations and physical activity (PA) environments (e.g., parks or facilities) was estimated from each respondent’s home.
Proximity to parks and PA facilities for children are often associated with weight status, but studies often yield mixed results. The authors demonstrate that proximity measures are an important aspect to consider in further research of childhood obesity.