Geospatial and Contextual Approaches to Energy Balance and Health

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This article examines associations between geographic and contextual features of the environment and elements of human energy balance, with a particular focus on research and opportunities in the United States.

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Berrigan, David; Hipp, J. Aaron; Hurvitz, Philip M.; James, Peter; Jankowska, Marta M.; Kerr, Jacqueline et al. March 13, 2015.

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This article examines associations between geographic and contextual features of the environment and elements of human energy balance, with a particular focus on research and opportunities in the United States.

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Abstract: In the past 15 years, a major research enterprise has emerged that is aimed at understanding associations between geographic and contextual features of the environment (especially the built environment) and elements of human energy balance, including diet, weight and physical activity. Here we highlight aspects of this research area with a particular focus on research and opportunities in the United States as an example. We address four main areas: (1) the importance of valid and comparable data concerning behaviour across geographies; (2) the ongoing need to identify and explore new environmental variables; (3) the challenge of identifying the causally relevant context; and (4) the pressing need for stronger study designs and analytical methods. Additionally, we discuss existing sources of geo-referenced health data which might be exploited by interdisciplinary research teams, personnel challenges and some aspects of funding for geospatial research by the US National Institutes of Health in the past decade, including funding for international collaboration and training opportunities.

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  • Annals of GIS, 2015. London, UK: Taylor & Francis

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  • Publication Title: Annals of GIS
  • Volume: 21
  • Issue: 2
  • Pages: 1-18
  • Peer Reviewed: Yes

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  • September 13, 2014

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  • January 21, 2015

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  • March 13, 2015

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Berrigan, David; Hipp, J. Aaron; Hurvitz, Philip M.; James, Peter; Jankowska, Marta M.; Kerr, Jacqueline et al. Geospatial and Contextual Approaches to Energy Balance and Health, article, March 13, 2015; London, United Kingdom. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc993960/: accessed December 15, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Arts and Sciences.