Crime and neighborhood disorder (e.g. broken windows, litter and graffiti, loose dogs, loitering and public drinking) can make it dangerous or uncomfortable for people to be physically active outdoors. Research shows that residents of neighborhoods with more social disorder are less active. Lower-income people and racial and ethnic minorities tend to live in areas with higher crime rates, perceive more crime in their neighborhoods, and are more likely to face physical and/or social disorder than Whites and more affluent people.
This PowerPoint slide set contains charts, graphs, and other figures showing key research findings on the relationship between the social environment, physical activity, and obesity. You are free to use these slides in your own presentations. These slides are updated periodically so be sure to check back for new information. Contact ALR with questions.