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Obesogenic Landscapes: Exploring Food in Mobile, AL

Authors: Frances Mujica*, The University of South Alabama
Topics: Geography and Urban Health, Medical and Health Geography
Keywords: obesity, GIS, socioeconomic landscapes
Session Type: Poster
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Obesity and other diet-related diseases are on the rise in the United States and pose a serious public health problem. These diseases are not, however, caused by one factor. Instead, growing literature indicates that socioeconomic factors including the built environment, have long lasting affects on health. These landscape factors often include low access to healthy foods and higher access to fast food and convenience store foods stuffs. This project focuses on these landscapes of obesity in Mobile, AL. It seeks to determine if the larger global patterns of obesogenic landscapes are reflected in this city.

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