Association between access to convenience stores and childhood obesity: A systematic review

Junguo Xin, Li Zhao, Tong Wu, Longhao Zhang, Yan Li, Hong Xue, Qian Xiao, Ruiou Wang, Peiyao Xu, Tommy Visscher, Xiao Ma, Peng Jia

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Abstract

Childhood obesity increases the risk of adulthood obesity and is associated with other adverse health outcomes later in life. It may be influenced by environmental characteristics of neighborhoods where children live, particularly dietary supply–related environmental factors. This study aimed to systematically review the evidence on the association between access to convenience stores and childhood obesity. We searched and filtered relevant literature in PubMed, Embase, Web of Science, and Cochrane Library published before 1 January 2019. Data on the basic characteristics of studies, measures of access to convenience stores, and associations of convenience stores with weight‐related behaviors and outcomes were extracted from 41 included studies. In general, the density of and proximity to convenience stores in children's residential and school neighborhoods were positively associated with unhealthy eating behaviors. However, their associations with children's weight status varied significantly by regions. The association between convenience store access and children's weight status was found to be negative in Canada, rather mixed in the United States and the United Kingdom, and not significant in East Asia. We suggest future research to clearly define the convenience store, better measure the access to convenience store, and also measure children's journey and food purchasing and consumption behaviors, to explain pathways from convenience store access to childhood obesity for designing effective interventions and policies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-25
Number of pages25
JournalObesity reviews
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print/First online - 5 Jul 2019

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Xin, Junguo ; Zhao, Li ; Wu, Tong ; Zhang, Longhao ; Li, Yan ; Xue, Hong ; Xiao, Qian ; Wang, Ruiou ; Xu, Peiyao ; Visscher, Tommy ; Ma, Xiao ; Jia, Peng. / Association between access to convenience stores and childhood obesity: A systematic review. In: Obesity reviews. 2019 ; pp. 1-25.
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Xin, J, Zhao, L, Wu, T, Zhang, L, Li, Y, Xue, H, Xiao, Q, Wang, R, Xu, P, Visscher, T, Ma, X & Jia, P 2019, 'Association between access to convenience stores and childhood obesity: A systematic review' Obesity reviews, pp. 1-25. https://doi.org/10.1111/obr.12908

Association between access to convenience stores and childhood obesity: A systematic review. / Xin, Junguo ; Zhao, Li; Wu, Tong; Zhang, Longhao; Li, Yan; Xue, Hong; Xiao, Qian; Wang, Ruiou; Xu, Peiyao; Visscher, Tommy ; Ma, Xiao; Jia, Peng.

In: Obesity reviews, 05.07.2019, p. 1-25.

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