Relationship between land cover type and body mass index in Geneva

Rochat, Estelle (LASIG, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland) ; Duruz, Solange (LASIG, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland) ; Widmer, Ivo (LASIG, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland) ; Clémence, Alain (Laboratoire de Psychologie sociale, UNIL, Lausanne, Switzerland) ; Desrichard, Olivier (Groupe de recherche en psychologie de la santé, UNIGE, Genève, Switzerland) ; Rappo, Daniel (School of Management and Engineering Vaud, HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland) ; Ertz, Olivier (School of Management and Engineering Vaud, HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland) ; Ingensand, Jens (School of Management and Engineering Vaud, HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland) ; Theler, Jean-Marc (Unit of Population Epidemiology, HUG, Geneva, Switzerland) ; Guessous, Idris (Unit of Population Epidemiology, HUG, Geneva, Switzerland) ; Joost, Stéphane (LASIG, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland)

Past studies conducted in urban areas analyzed the impact of the presence of green spaces on public health, and highlighted in particular the psychological benefits of interacting with nature. To investigate a supposed relationship between overweight and dense built environment, we focused on the State of Geneva, Switzerland, and calculated the correlation between Body Mass Index (BMI) in a representative sample of 6663 adults and the percentage of natural areas at the locations where these individuals were living. To this end, we used populationbased health data from the “Bus Sante” study (Geneva University ´Hospitals) and multi-scale land cover maps obtained by means of satellite images and LiDAR data classification. We found little correlation between BMI (as a proxy for health) and land cover data and were not able to verify the working hypothesis at local and regional scales. However, an important phenomenon highlighted here is the difference in the results obtained between the city center and the whole State.


Conference Type:
short paper
Faculty:
Ingénierie et Architecture
School:
HEIG-VD
Institute:
insit - Institut d’ingénierie du territoire
MEI - Media Engineering Institute
Publisher:
Lausanne, Switzerland, 30 March - 1 April 2015
Date:
2015-04
Lausanne, Switzerland
30 March - 1 April 2015
Pagination:
4 p.
Published in:
Proceedings of 2015 Joint Urban Remote Sensing Event (JURSE), 30 March-1 April 2015, Lausanne, Switzerland
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ISBN:
978-1-4799-6652-3
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