Objective: To examine the home environments of overweight and normal-weight adults and the relationships between the environment and weight-regulating behaviors.
Methods: Overweight (n=201) and normal-weight adults (n=213) assessed their homes via checklist and self-reported their eating and activity habits.
Results: OW adults had less exercise equipment, fewer low-fat snacks and fruits/vegetables, and more TVs, high-fat snacks, and spreads than did NW adults (Ps<.01). These variables were associated (Ps<.05) with weight-regulating behaviors.
Conclusions: Increasing healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity within the home may improve weight-control efforts in adults.