Joint Seminar CRESH & PAHRC

Date: 12 noon – 1 pm, Tuesday 23 April 2013

Speaker: Esther Rind (CRESH)

Title: Industrial restructuring and physical activity

Venue: Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC), Moray House School of Education, Room 2.35 (here), The University of Edinburgh, St Leonard’s Land, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AQ

Abstract: Industrial restructuring and physical activity in England –                             Towards a better understanding of geographical variations in physical activity

In recent decades, the prevalence of physical activity has declined considerably in many high-income countries which has been linked to rising levels of obesity and several weight-related medical conditions such as coronary heart disease, diabetes and cancer. This is in part related to the progressive development of obesogenic environments to which those at the lower end of the socio-economic strata are unequally more exposed than others. This presentation highlights the importance of a range of factors which contribute to a better understanding of observed geographical variations in levels of physical activity in adults. The research presented applied a mixed methods approach using GIS techniques, multilevel modelling and qualitative research interviewing. Results emphasise the plausible impact of inherited cultures and regional identities on health related behaviours as well as the importance of considering socio-cultural and historical dimensions for the development of physical activity interventions within communities with a particular industrial past.

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