This news is based on the following article: Petraviciene I, Grazuleviciene R, Andrusaityte S, Dedele A, Nieuwenhuijsen MJ. Impact of the social and natural environment on preschool-age children weight. Int J Environ Res Public Health 2018 ; 15(3). pii: E449. doi : 10.3390/ijerph15030449
Adding to the growing literature, this cross-sectional study supports the value of green spaces in towns and cities to combat childhood obesity. The observation that the mother's level of education has a modifying effect on the relation between the importance of surrounding green spaces and risk of overweight or obesity calls for further exploration of the role of psychosocial factors.