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Influence of Highly Accessible Urban Food Environment on Weight Management: A Qualitative Study in Seoul

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Department of Health Administration, Hanyang Cyber University, Wangsimni-ro 220, Seongdong Gu, Seoul 04763, Korea
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Department of Public Health Science, Graduate School of Public Health, Seoul National University, 1 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 08826, Korea
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Institute of Health and Environment, Seoul National University, 1 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 08826, Korea
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(4), 755; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15040755
Received: 10 February 2018 / Revised: 11 April 2018 / Accepted: 11 April 2018 / Published: 14 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion)
We explored the characteristics of the food environment and its influence on weight management in Seoul, Korea. Photo elicitation interviews were conducted with 73 participants who took three photographs per topic related to their food environment and discussed these photographs in groups. Through thematic analysis, we identified four themes concerning participants’ perceptions of the food environment and weight management: (1) “convenience comes first,” (2) “tempting food environment,” (3) “alcohol and anju,” and (4) “burden of individual effort to manage weight.” A systematic change toward an environment supportive of healthy eating and weight management is recommended. View Full-Text
Keywords: food environment; obesity; weight management; urban health; photo elicitation interview; qualitative research food environment; obesity; weight management; urban health; photo elicitation interview; qualitative research
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Yoon, N.-H.; Yoo, S.; Kwon, S. Influence of Highly Accessible Urban Food Environment on Weight Management: A Qualitative Study in Seoul. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 755.

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