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Type of publication: research article
Type of publication (PDB): Straipsnis Clarivate Analytics Web of Science / Article in Clarivate Analytics Web of Science (S1)
Field of Science: Ekologija ir aplinkotyra / Ecology and environmental sciences (N012);Visuomenės sveikata / Public health (M004)
Author(s): Petravičienė, Inga;Gražulevičienė, Regina;Andrušaitytė, Sandra;Dėdelė, Audrius;Nieuwenhuijsen, Mark
Title: Impact of the social and natural environment on preschool-age children weight
Is part of: International journal of environmental research and public health. Basel : Molecular diversity preservation international (MDPI), 2018, vol. 15, iss. 3
Extent: p. 1-14
Date: 2018
Note: The study was supported by the European Community’s Seventh Framework Program (FP7/2007−2013) under grant agreement No. 308333—the HELIX project, and the grant of the Lithuanian Agency for Science Innovation and Technology on 13 September 2015, No. 31V-77. Article Number: 449
Keywords: Green space;Maternal education;Psychosocial stress;Childhood overweight/obesity
Abstract: Background: The complex impact of environmental and social factors on preschool children being overweight/obese is unclear. We examined the associations between the levels of green space exposure and the risk of being overweight/obese for 4–6 year-old children and assessed the impact of maternal education on these associations. Methods: This cross-sectional study included 1489 mother-child pairs living in Kaunas, Lithuania, in 2012–2013. We assessed children overweight/obesity by standardized questionnaires using international body mass index cut-off points, and the level of greenness exposures by satellite-derived normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) of each child’s home and by the distance to a nearest city park. The maternal education was used as the SES indicator. We used logistic regression models to investigate the strength of the associations. Results: Children from families with poorer maternal education, pathological mother-child relations and smoking mothers, and living in areas with less greenness exposure (NDVI-100 m), had significantly higher odds ratios of being overweight/obese. Lower maternal education and distance to a city park modified the effect of greenness cover level exposure on the risk of children being overweight/obese. Conclusions: Higher greenness exposure in the residential settings has beneficial effects on children’s physical development. The green spaces exposures for psychosocial stress management is recommended as a measure to prevent overweight/obesity among children
Affiliation(s): Aplinkotyros katedra
Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas
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Universiteto mokslo publikacijos / University Research Publications

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