Effects Of Obesity On The United States Essay

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Obesity rates in the United States have increased significantly over the past three decades, which have led to a multitude of health problems in the nation. I tested for the effects on obesity, primarily the effect of poverty with obesity rates. To begin with I used a single regression model to compare our nation’s GDP with the average BMI, assuming that they will be positively correlated. Next I will attempt to draw conclusions about correlations between other factors including obesity, poverty and education levels using the single and multiple regression model. Findings show that there is significance between per capita income and obesity in the United States in the single regression model at the 10% proof testing level, but using the multiple regression model showed to be inconclusive. I. BMI, GDP and Per Capita Income BMI (Body Mass Index) is the value derived from weight and height of an individual. Having a BMI value of 25-30 is considered overweight and >30 is considered obese. Obesity can cause a plethora of health issues. When BMI rates rise so does the rate of disease and disorders. Obesity can lead to health ailments like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and various types of cancer. Obesity caused ailments are preventable. Around 300,000 deaths occur each year from obesity related issues. This makes in one of the top causes of preventable death in the United States. In 2010 estimated cost of obesity was 190.2 billion and accounted for nearly 21% of the annual
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