Jihong Liu, ScD

South Carolina Rural Health Research Center

Phone: 803.251.6317
Email: jliu@mailbox.sc.edu


Completed Projects - (2)

Chartbook: Obesity in Urban and Rural Children
By providing a descriptive analysis of the disparities of childhood obesity by residence, socioeconomic status and race/ethnicity, the study will offer important information about the needs of children and adolescents living in rural areas and from families of low socioeconomic status.
Research center: South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
Topics: Children, Obesity, Rural statistics and demographics
Diet and Physical Activity as Risk Factors for Childhood Obesity: An Urban and Rural Comparison
Obesity is more prevalent among rural than urban children, despite higher reported physical activity levels. This project will explore diet among rural children to explore how diet and physical activity may differ for rural children, particularly minority children.
Research center: South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
Topics: Children, Obesity

Publications - (2)

  • Diet, Physical Activity, and Sedentary Behaviors as Risk Factors for Childhood Obesity: An Urban and Rural Comparison (Final Report)
    South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 11/2010
    Nearly 20% of the U.S. population resides in non-metropolitan areas, yet our knowledge about the prevalence of obesity in rural America is very limited. Previous research by the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center found that rural children, paradoxically, were both more likely to be overweight or obese and more likely to be physically active than urban children.
  • Overweight and Physical Inactivity among Rural Children Aged 10-17: A National and State Portrait
    South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 05/2007
    Recent studies have found that the tide of child obesity is rising faster in rural communities in several states, including Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Michigan, West Virginia, and North Carolina. This report examines the presence of overweight and obesity among children in both rural and urban settings using the data from a recent national survey, the 2003 National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH). In 2003, 30.6% of children aged 10-17 years old were overweight, 14.8% of which were obese. Rural children (16.5%) were more likely to be obese than urban children (14.4%).