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Place of residence and sodas, an explosive cocktail

Two researchers produced in 2014 a detailed map showing the spatial distribution of overweight individuals by place of residence in Geneva. The map, which revealed parts of the city with a high body mass index (BMI), was compiled by Prof. Idris Guessous, head physician, Department of Primary Care and Emergency Medicine, Geneva University Hospitals (HUG) and associate professor, Department of Community Health and Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva (UNIGE), and by Dr. Stéphane Joost, senior scientist, Laboratory of Geographic Information Systems (LASIG), EPFL. A study published in 2019 by Prof. Guessous and Dr. Joost, using similar analytical methods and an even larger sample size, demonstrates a significant spatial overlap between weight problems and the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs). The findings reveal that 43% of people residing in neighborhoods with a higher-than-average BMI also live in areas where excess SSB consumption is an issue. The study was published in Nutrition and Diabeties.