Food and physical activity built environments. A database from the Southern Cone of Latin America

Published: 26-11-2020| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/89ffrjmd3m.1
Laura Gutierrez,
Natalia Elorriaga,
Vilma Irazola


An obesogenic (obesity-promoting) environment is one that promotes higher dietary energy intakes and sedentary behaviors, while limiting opportunities or incentives for active living (including active transport and leisure-time physical activity). Built environments influence obesity through both food and physical activity pathways, and may contribute to the social gradient in obesity and related-NCD outcomes. This dataset contains information about food and physical activity attributes of the built environment from four cities of the Southern Cone of Latin America: Marcos Paz and Bariloche (Argentina), Temuco (Chile) and Canelones-Barros Blancos (Uruguay). Standardized community walks in representative neighborhoods were conducted for direct observation of the built environment in each city . The adapted instruments based on the following observation tools were used: EPOCH-1 to assess the streets, sidewalks and surrounding; POS to characterize the public open spaces; and NEMS-S to evaluate the food stores and restaurants. Published files: - Metadata, contains descriptive information of each file - Protocol - CRFs - Dataset (format csv) - Data dictionary