Literature suggests that rural inhabitants have been experiencing higher prevalence rates of obesity. This study's key focus is to determine whether rural residency is an influencing factor for adolescents to be overweight or obese. The study predicted that the likelihood of adolescents to be overweight or obese is greater among rural residents in comparison to urban counterparts and that Hispanic rural adolescents are more likely to be overweight or obese in comparison to Hispanic urban adolescents. The Statistical Package for Social Services (SPSS) was utilized to analyze the 2011-2012 California Health Interview Survey data on adolescents. Using the Chi Square statistical analysis, the results of this study did not show a significant relationship between residency and obese or overweight status. Although the findings of this study are statistically insignificant, there are limitations and implications that affect rural health data that may need to be addressed in future studies in order to find valuable findings to improve health outcomes of this population.
|Commitee:||Erlyana, Erlyana, Sinay, Tony|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Health Care Administration|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Adolescent, Child, Obese, Overweight, Rural, Urban|
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