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Describing regional trends in Childhood obesity indicators in the US from 2007-2017 using Youth Risk Behavior Survey data

Ries, John (2020) Describing regional trends in Childhood obesity indicators in the US from 2007-2017 using Youth Risk Behavior Survey data. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Obesity is endemic in the United States among adults and children. Behavioral risk factors for developing obesity are well documented, as well as the long-term health impacts observed from becoming obese during childhood. These impacts can permeate into adulthood even if positive changes to an individual’s weight status are achieved, making this issue one of great public health importance. An effort to better understanding this public health problem in children has come from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). Administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention every two years, this survey includes questions to gather data on the risk-taking behaviors of children, including those related to obesity development. Prevalence of obesity within the United States varies depending on the geographic location examined, and this study utilizes data from the YRBS to elicit differences in associations of risk factors of respondents and their body mass indexes between the four regions of the United States.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Ries, Johnjwr22@pitt.edujwr22
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairMair, Christinacmair@pitt.educmair
Committee MemberVan Nostrand, Elizabethevannostrand@ptt.eduevannostrand
Committee MemberTerry, Marthamaterry@pitt.edumaterry
Date: 29 January 2020
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 9 December 2019
Approval Date: 29 January 2020
Submission Date: 21 November 2019
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 56
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: YRBS, CHildhood Obesity, behavioral risk factors, United States
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2020 17:58
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2020 17:58


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