Presenter Information

Amber Marchus, University of Wyoming

Department

Department of Zoology and Physiology

First Advisor

Dr. Margaret Flanigan

Description

The increase in the prevalence of obesity in recent years is both shocking and frightening, causing more and more individuals to have severe health problems that can sometimes lead to death. This project examines the causes, health risks, and cultural asp ects of the increasing problem of obesity within the United States, as well as taking a brief glimpse at the epidemic worldwide. Specifically, this project will focus on the obesity epidemic among Hispanic populations within the United States and the under lying reasons. In order to study and predict obesity, body mass index, is the most convenient and accurate way to indicate overweight or obesity. Having a BMI of 25 or higher classifies one as overweight and a BMI of 30 or higher classifies one as obes e. Several studies were examined and most all use BMI to present their results. I intend to bring awareness to the escalating problem of obesity and conclude that the solution is to educate individuals about how to prevent and or solve the issue.

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Oral Presentation, UW Honors Program

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Obesity in the United States

The increase in the prevalence of obesity in recent years is both shocking and frightening, causing more and more individuals to have severe health problems that can sometimes lead to death. This project examines the causes, health risks, and cultural asp ects of the increasing problem of obesity within the United States, as well as taking a brief glimpse at the epidemic worldwide. Specifically, this project will focus on the obesity epidemic among Hispanic populations within the United States and the under lying reasons. In order to study and predict obesity, body mass index, is the most convenient and accurate way to indicate overweight or obesity. Having a BMI of 25 or higher classifies one as overweight and a BMI of 30 or higher classifies one as obes e. Several studies were examined and most all use BMI to present their results. I intend to bring awareness to the escalating problem of obesity and conclude that the solution is to educate individuals about how to prevent and or solve the issue.