The purpose of this study was to establish the relationship between obesity and different diseases that are often seen as a co-morbidity of obesity. In this project the data utilized are from the 2008 data of National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS). The software used for statistical analysis was the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) version 19.0. The aim of the project was to investigate the association of age, gender, race/ethnicity, and co-morbidities to understand the impact of these variables and obesity.
The final conclusion was that obesity is associated with diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, depression and ischemic heart disease. Patients who are obese are more likely to develop these diseases that affect the heart, circulatory system, metabolism and mental health. Also race is a major factor in developing obesity. The mean age of obese patients was 48.86 years, compared to the average age of the sample, which was 42 years of age. The NAMCS dataset does not give data that can help find out the life expectancy of people with obesity. However, it is not certain that the difference in age is clinically relevant. The limitation of the study was that the data was cross-sectional and could not be used for the determination of causal factors.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/04M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Public health, Epidemiology|
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