Neighborhood preference, walkability and walking in overweight/obese men

Am J Health Behav. 2013 Mar;37(2):277-82. doi: 10.5993/AJHB.37.2.15.


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.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Choice Behavior*
  • Environment Design*
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Obesity*
  • Overweight*
  • Residence Characteristics*
  • Walking / physiology*