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Exploring the social and spatial context of adult obesity in Aotearoa New Zealand: A spatial microsimulation approach

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posted by WM Admin on 2018-07-10 16:11:09.946


Alison Watkins

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PhD thesis in Geography, University of Canterbury

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In this thesis, the author uses spatial microsimulation modelling to combine detailed microdata from the New Zealand Health Survey with small area census data, and generate obesity estimates at a neighbourhood level. The author describes three key findings: obesity is clustered into a subset of areas, primarily associated with high deprivation mediated by age and ethnicity; the obesity rates estimated for small areas, ranged from 15.3% to 67.2%; projections for 2018 and 2023 predict small changes in obesity rates but a widening of obesity-related health inequities. The author discusses the implications of these findings and their usefulness in informing policy.

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