Proceedings of the Nutrition Society | VOL. 71

Food, physical activity and climate change perspectives in relationship to allotment ownership

Publication Date Jan 1, 2012


Obesity and climate change are two of the biggest public health crises that the world currently faces and will face for many years to come, unless action is taken to halt the causes. The link between diet, physical activity and obesity has been firmly established (1) . The causes of obesity are however, a multi-faceted problem, as are the causes of climate change. Current food production has been linked to increasing levels of CO2, and current eating habits can be responsible for a large carbon footprint (2) . Growing your own food has been suggested as a method of reducing one’s carbon footprint, increasing physical activity levels and improving diet (3) , little evidence exists to support this theory. This study looks at the fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity levels and climate change awareness of allotment holders in two wards of Stockport. The aim being to analyse the association between allotment ‘ownership’ and health status and incorporating climate change knowledge, to clarify the rationale for allotment use as a means of obesity reduction/ prevention. Qualitative and quantitative data was collected via face to face questionnaires (n = 28) at both allotments sites. Fruit and vegetable intakes of allotment holders were found to be above those of the U.K. general public and intake increased after allotment ownership (1.2 portions). The number of participants achieving 5-a-day increased with allotment ownership (n = 2 to n = 12). Physical activity levels were on average, higher than the recommendation of...


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