Publication Date

2013

Abstract

Objectives: To investigate whether self-selection moderated the effects of walkability on walking in overweight and obese men. Methods: 240 overweight and obese men completed measures on importance of walkability when choosing a neighborhood (selection) and preference for walkable features in general (preference). IPAQ measured walking. A walkbility index was derived from geographic information systems (GIS). Results: Walkability was associated with walking for transportation (p = .027) and neighborhood selection was associated with walking for transportation (p = .002) and total walking (p = .001). Preference was associated with leisure walking (p = .045) and preference moderated the relationship between walkability and total walking (p = .059). Conclusion: Walkability and self-selection are both important to walking behavior.

School/Institute

Institute for Health and Ageing

Document Type

Journal Article

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