January 1, 2008
As a consequence of sedentary lifestyles, obesity rates have climbed dramatically over the last half-century, leading to increases in diabetes, heart attacks and other illnesses.
April 1, 2011
This paper is part of a series on obesity published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. The authors used data from pediatric visits to estimate effects of certain changes to the environment on children’s body mass. Environmental factors examined in this study are fast-food restaurants, supermarkets, parks, trails, violent crimes and 13 types of recreational amenities.