Date of Award

Winter 12-2008

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Department

School of Public Health

Abstract

There is a distinct disparity between adult males and females in lung function and cardiovascular fitness in the United States. This study utilizes a nationally representative sample in order to determine predictors of lung function between men and women. Simple means analysis, logistic and linear regressions were utilized in order to determine predictors of lung function between genders. Continuous analyses of lung function reveal that sex and BMI are the most important predictors of VO2 max. However, analyses of clinical cut-points of cardiovascular fitness indicate that gender was not a significant predictor.

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