Date of Award
Master of Public Health
Renal transplantation is the treatment of choice for End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), but one of the risks associated with this treatment is excessive weight gain. Several potential causes of this increased risk have been evaluated, but environmental factors have not yet been explored. This study used Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to evaluate the effect of number and ratio (number of one compared to all) of food sources (fast food restaurants, convenience stores, and grocery stores) within a one, two, and three mile buffer around transplant recipients' residences (n = 484) on BMI change during the first year post-transplant. Multiple linear regression found that the only significant effect was seen in fast food ratio within a three-mile buffer of residence (p = .024). Future research is needed with larger sample sizes to explore the potential effects of food environment on post-renal transpalnt weight gain more accurately.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Bloodworth, Robin Frances, "Food Availability as a Determinant of Weight Gain Among Renal Transplant Recipients" (2012). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 433.