Determinants of obesity can be complex and group specific. There is limited data about the Latino population and the health needs of Latinos in the state of Alaska. The goal of this project was to better understand the determinants of obesity in Latinos, including the impact of dietary choices, financial status, mental health, and exercising in the levels of obesity of Latinos. The investigator used Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) to study the association of several variables in the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). After data exploration, univariate analysis and logistical regression were conducted for selected variables related to the causes of obesity in Latinos living in the state of Alaska where the investigator observed higher percentages of obesity in Latinos as compared to other groups. However, results were not statistically significant except for the higher percentages with high blood pressure in obese Latinos when compared to non-obese Latinos and other groups. The results produced by this study are evidence that further research is needed to determine the impact of obesity in Latinos and their differences with other groups
Presented to the Faculty
of the University of Alaska Anchorage
in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements
for the Degree of
MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Table of Contents
Signature Page / Title Page / Abstract / Table of Contents / List of Figures / List of Tables / Chapter 1: Introduction and Background / Chapter 2: Project Goal, Specific Aims, and Objectives / Chapter 3: Methods / Chapter 4: Results / BMI / Mental Distress / Poverty / Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables / Spatial (Geographic Information Systems) Analysis / Exercise and Limitations in Physical Activities / Health Outcomes / Chapter 5: Discussion / Chapter 6: Strengths and Limitations / Chapter 7: Public Health Implications / Chapter 8: Conclusions and Recommendations / References / Appendix
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