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  | ARTICLES | Am. J. innov. res. appl. sci. Volume 4,  Issue 6, Pages 257-263 (June 2017)
Research Article
 
American Journal of innovative
Research & Applied Sciences 
ISSN  2429-5396 (Online)
OCLC Number: 920041286
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| JUNE | VOLUME 4 | N° 6 | 2017 |

ABSTRACT

Background: Research has shown that the prevalence of obesity has been on the rise for over three decades. The obesity epidemic is now one of the biggest public health challenges to practitioners and policy makers in the health sector. Objectives: Using data from Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), this study analyzed the relationship between obesity and socio-economic status. Methods: The data represents information about 5,228 people (2030 men and 3198 women) from the state of Missouri. Using Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), the variables analyzed include age, Body Mass Index (BMI), income, education, race and metropolitan index. Results: An ANOVA comparing the average BMI with education, income and race showed that there was a significant difference between income level less than $75,000 and more than $75,000 with a significance of (F (2, 4462) = 20.09; p<0.05). There was a statistically significant difference (F (2, 5174) =15.54; p<0.05) between blacks and other races. The results indicate that people who earn less than $75,000 were more likely to be obese than their wealthier counterparts.  Blacks were found to have higher prevalence of obesity in comparison to other races. Conclusions: An overall association between socio-economic status and obesity was observed.
Keywords: Obesity, prevalence, socioeconomic status, race, BMI United States


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|  Habiba A. Ibrahim 1 | Saleh Bahati 2  | and  | Waqas Humayon 2, Nivedita Sundarajan 3  |

Affiliation.

1. Washington University | Education | St. Louis | USA |
2. Saint Louis University | Public Health | St. Louis | USA |
3. University of Illionis | Health Science System | Chicago | USA |

This article is made freely available as part of this journal's Open Access: ID | Ibrahim -ManuscriptRef.1-ajira090517 |
ASSOCIATION BETWEEN OBESITY AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC FACTORS RE-LINKED

|  Habiba A. Ibrahim | Saleh Bahati  | Waqas Humayon | and  | Nivedita Sundarajan  |. Am. J. innov. res. appl. sci. 2017; 4(6):257-263.

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|Received | 09 May 2017|          |Accepted | 25 May 2017|         |Published 29 May 2017 |