Mapping food and physical activity environments in low- and middle-income countries: A systematised review.
Health & place 2020 ; 75: 102809.
Muzenda T, Dambisya PM, Kamkuemah M, Gausi B, Battersby J, and Oni T
DOI : 10.1016/j.healthplace.2022.102809
PubMed ID : 35508088
URL : https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1353829222000703
This systematised literature review synthesised evidence on approaches to mapping food and physical activity (PA) environments in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Of the 60 articles included, 25 and 35 mapped food and PA environments respectively. All studies were cross-sectional with researcher-led data collection. Three types of mapping tools were identified - maps (n = 18), GPS (n = 10), and GIS (n = 37). Our findings point to a paucity of research mapping food and PA environments, overall and particularly subjective domains. We highlight a need for future studies that utilise innovative, inexpensive and participatory research methods to understand dynamic exposures to obesogenic environment features in resource-constrained contexts undergoing rapid urbanisation.