Project Title

Low-Income and Obesity Prevalence in EKU Service Region

Major

Sociology

Department

Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work

Degree

Undergraduate

Mentor

James N. Maples

Mentor Department

Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work

Abstract

Obesity is a growing concern in the United States particularly surrounding low income communities. Multiple studies have been conducted to observe if there is a relationship between low income communities and the prevalence of obesity. In this study I observed if there is a relationship between income and obesity in twenty-two low-income Kentucky counties known as the EKU service region. I hypothesized that as income decreases, obesity will increase. I obtained data on demographic variables, as well as health characteristic for these twenty-two counties. My results show that income is not significant in predicting the prevalence of obesity. When controls for graduation rate and the percentage of people who smoke are added, income is not significant, but smoking is. This could be explained by the idea that the counties observed contain characterizes different from those of the rest of the United States.

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Poster

Poster Number

38

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Low-Income and Obesity Prevalence in EKU Service Region

Obesity is a growing concern in the United States particularly surrounding low income communities. Multiple studies have been conducted to observe if there is a relationship between low income communities and the prevalence of obesity. In this study I observed if there is a relationship between income and obesity in twenty-two low-income Kentucky counties known as the EKU service region. I hypothesized that as income decreases, obesity will increase. I obtained data on demographic variables, as well as health characteristic for these twenty-two counties. My results show that income is not significant in predicting the prevalence of obesity. When controls for graduation rate and the percentage of people who smoke are added, income is not significant, but smoking is. This could be explained by the idea that the counties observed contain characterizes different from those of the rest of the United States.