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Seattle Obesity Study III: The Food & Fitness Environment Study

This study builds off of the previous Seattle Obesity studies I and II, to assess whether social, economic, and environmental variables are related to diet, physical activity, and health behaviors over a 24-month period. The study population examines a diverse sample of adults across three geographically distinct counties in WA state (King, Pierce, and Yakima). Specifically, the
aims were:

  1. To determine whether social, economic, and environmental variables at baseline are related to subsequent changes in energy intakes, diet quality and cost, physical activity, and body weight trajectories over 24 mo.
  2. To determine whether changes in the social, economic, and built environments, and measured changes in travel patterns, diets, and physical activity over 12 and 24 mo. can predict body weight trajectories.
  3. To develop a new model explaining how socio-economic, environmental, dietary, and psychosocial variables affect obesity prevalence and/or weight change dynamics.
  4. Self-reported and objective measures were used to collect data on dietary behaviors, food expenditures, physical activity, travel patterns, and weight outcomes. The interdisciplinary team has contributed to the development of new data collection methods and novel dietary indices. This study will contribute to a better understanding of social and geographic factors that relate to obesity.

Self-reported and objective measures were used to collect data on dietary behaviors, food expenditures, physical activity, travel patterns, and weight outcomes. The interdisciplinary team has contributed to the development of new data collection methods and
novel dietary indices. This study will contribute to a better understanding of social and geographic factors that relate to obesity.

Sponsor

National Institutes of Health

PI/Lead

Adam Drewnowski, PhD

Project Coordinator

Chelsea Rose, PhD
Shilpi Gupta, PhD

Project Team

Adam Drewnowski, PhD
Chelsea Rose, PhD
Shilpi Gupta, PhD
James Buszkiewicz, MPH
Linda Ko, PhD
Jin Mou, MD, MSc, MPH, PhD
Anne Vernez Moudon, Dr es Sc
Phil Hurvitz, PhD
Andrea Cook, PhD, MS

Project Period

March 1, 2015-July 31, 2020

Grant #

NIH grant R01 DK076608

Project Status

Active

Project Contact

Adam Drewnowski

Gupta, S., Hawk, T., Aggarwal, A., & Drewnowski, A. (2019). Characterizing Ultra-Processed Foods by Energy Density, Nutrient Density, and Cost. Frontiers in nutrition, 6, 70. doi:10.3389/fnut.2019.00070

Drewnowski, A., Buszkiewicz, J., Aggarwal, A., Rose, C., Gupta, S., & Bradshaw, A. (2019). Obesity and the Built Environment: A Reappraisal. Obesity.

Drewnowski, A., Rose, C.M., Gupta, S., Buszkiewicz, J., Bradshaw, A., Aggarwal, A. (2019) KARMA: A New Method to Map Environmental Exposome in Neighborhood Studies.  Health & Place (under review).