Date of Award

5-1-2005

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Health

Field of Study

Health Management and Policy

Department

School of Public Health

First Advisor

Ty Borders

Second Advisor

Peter Hilsenrath

Third Advisor

Kathryn Cardarelli

Abstract

Ohagi, Emeka J., Rural vs. Urban Residents and Obesity in Texas. Master of Public Health (Health Informatics), May 2005, 52 pp., 3 tables, bibliography, 90 titles. Obesity in the United States has been described as an epidemic and Texas has been identified as one of the most obese states in the country. The purpose of this study is to examine obesity among Texas adults in order to determine if there are differences in obesity levels based on residence, and to explore the influence of other demographic, socioeconomic, health and behavioral factors on the distribution of obesity. Results indicate that urban and suburban dwellers are less likely than rural dwellers to be obese (adj. OR=0.64; 0.68, respectively). However, residents of frontier communities have slightly higher odds of obesity (adj. OR=1.09) than rural residents. Age was found to be an important factor in obesity. It is hoped that these and other results will facilitate appropriate channeling of public health response.

Comments

Ohagi, Emeka J., Rural vs. Urban Residents and Obesity in Texas. Master of Public Health (Health Informatics), May 2005, 52 pp., 3 tables, bibliography, 90 titles