THE IMPACT OF THE COMPLETE FOOD ENVIRONMENT ON COUNTY-LEVEL OBESITY RATES

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520 |a Obesity rates in the United States have risen dramatically in the last several decades. In an attempt to explain this trend, much of current literature looks for correlation between community demographic characteristics and independent food-environment components. Few studies analyze the direct relationship between obesity rates and the food-environment, however. This paper explores this relationship at a county-level across the United States in order to fill the problematic gap in the literature. To provide a complete representation of the food-environment, county-level data for the prevalence of fast-food restaurants, full-service restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores, and supercenters are analyzed for their relationship to obesity rates at the county-level while controlling for a multitude of demographic and community characteristics. This study concludes that fast-food restaurants and convenience stores are positively correlated with obesity rates, while full-service restaurants and grocery stores are negatively correlated with obesity rates. Though intuitive, these conclusions provide representative insight to policy-makers on the true dynamic between the food-environment and obesity rate such that effective strategies may be implemented to better fight the obesity epidemic.
500 |aThe author has given permission for this work to be deposited in the Digital Archive of Colorado College.
500 |aColorado College Honor Code upheld.
500 |aSenior Thesis -- Colorado College
500 |aBachelor of Arts
500 |abachelor
500 |aIncludes bibliographical references.
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540 |aCopyright restrictions apply.
300 |a78 pages
100 1 |aLawton, Julia|ecreator
700 1 |aLybecker, Kristina|ethesis advisor
710 2 |aDepartment of Economics and Business|esponsor
710 2 |aColorado College|edegree grantor
650 1 |aobesity
650 1 |afood environment
650 1 |afast-food
245 10|aTHE IMPACT OF THE COMPLETE FOOD ENVIRONMENT ON COUNTY-LEVEL OBESITY RATES
046 |k2015-05
260 |bColorado College|c2015-05|g2015-05
856 |uhttp://hdl.handle.net/10176/coccc:11129