Mapping food and physical activity environments in low- and middle-income countries: A systematised review.


Type
Article
Change log
Authors
Muzenda, Trish 
Dambisya, Philip Mbulalina 
Kamkuemah, Monika 
Gausi, Blessings 
Battersby, Jane 
Abstract

This systematised literature review synthesised evidence on approaches to mapping food and physical activity (PA) environments in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Of the 60 articles included, 25 and 35 mapped food and PA environments respectively. All studies were cross-sectional with researcher-led data collection. Three types of mapping tools were identified - maps (n = 18), GPS (n = 10), and GIS (n = 37). Our findings point to a paucity of research mapping food and PA environments, overall and particularly subjective domains. We highlight a need for future studies that utilise innovative, inexpensive and participatory research methods to understand dynamic exposures to obesogenic environment features in resource-constrained contexts undergoing rapid urbanisation.

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Keywords
Built environment, Food environment, LMIC, Low- and middle-income country, Obesogenic environment, Physical activity environment, Developing Countries, Exercise, Food, Humans, Poverty
Journal Title
Health Place
Conference Name
Journal ISSN
1353-8292
1873-2054
Volume Title
75
Publisher
Elsevier BV
Sponsorship
Department of Health (via National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)) (16/137/34)