Obesity : An Individual 's Body Mass Index

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Measures Obesity is determined by an individual’s Body Mass Index (BMI). According to the CDC, “an adult who have an index mass of 30 and over, is considered obese”. Body mass index (weight (kg)/height (m) 2), is used to calculate the height and weight to determine if the individual is obese. Poverty is defined “the state of one who lacks a usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 2014). Since the majority of Austin is poverty stricken, and is considered a high crime neighborhood, it’s quite possible to believe majority of the individuals who live in the Austin Community have very limited means of finances. Socioeconomic status is defined by the American Psychological Association…show more content…
Twenty-eight of the participants are African American, while the other two were of Hispanic descent. Out of the twenty-eight African American women five of them were 62 or over, two had a high school diploma, while the other three dropped out grammar school. Seventeen of the twenty-eight African American participants were between the ages of 25-50. Out of those seventeen, all had their high school diplomas, while two have their bachelor’s degree. The other fifteen, are not working, working full-time or part-time, making minimum wage. The other five African American participants are between the ages of 18-24, who has their high school diploma, and is pursing some type of higher education. Research Design The researcher decided to conduct a quantitative research, using an exploratory approach. This researcher decided on a quantitative study, because this type a research requires data, and the best way to collect data for this research would be to conduct surveys. The researcher decided to conduct a non-probability sampling, because of the time limit, and area where the testing was taking place, the researcher decided this was a safer solution. Providing a questionnaire with open and closed ended questions is the most logical options for collecting data for this research topic. Also, the researcher feels that the participants would be more truthful to
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