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ISRN Obesity
Volume 2012, Article ID 903846, 4 pages
Research Article

Perceptions of the Built Environment in Relation to Physical Activity and Weight Status in British Adolescents from Central England

1Department of Biomolecular and Sports Sciences, Coventry University, Priory Street, Coventry CV1 5FB, UK
2Department of Physical Education and Sports Studies, Newman University College, Birmingham B32 3NT, UK

Received 16 October 2012; Accepted 31 October 2012

Academic Editors: C. Schmidt, S. Straube, D. Tekin, and R. Tungtrongchitr

Copyright © 2012 Michael J. Duncan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The built environment may influence physical activity (PA) behaviour in young people. However, there is a dearth of data examining this issue in young people which considers weight status, physical activity, and environmental perceptions in the same analysis. Four hundred and five Year 10 pupils (223 boys, 182 girls, mean age years), from central England, completed self-report measures of PA and perceptions of the built environment. Additionally, body mass index (BMI) was determined from height and weight. PA (MET/Min week−1) was positively related to environmental perceptions ( ) and negatively related to BMI ( ). PA was significantly greater in boys ( ) and normal weight children compared to girls and overweight/obese children, respectively ( ). Perception of the built environment was significant as a covariate ( ) with a one-unit increase on this measure associated with a 141 MET/Min week−1 increase in PA. This study, therefore, supports claims that the built environment, and perceptions of it, can have an impact on health indices.