Date of Award
Master of Public Health
Field of Study
Health Management and Policy
School of Public Health
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.
Ohagi, E. J.
"Rural Vs. Urban Residents and Obesity in Texas" Fort Worth, Tx: University of North Texas Health Science Center;
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