Group Research Paper-Teens Nutrition 3-27-08

Group Research Paper-Teens Nutrition 3-27-08 - NUTR-100...

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NUTR-100 (Research Paper) April 7, 2008 There are more overweight teens now than ever before. This is caused by poor nutritional eating habits.
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NUTR-100 Introduction – Topic Selection Are more teens overweight than in previous generations? We followed this research with the assumption that the main correlative factor causing teen obesity is poor nutrition. Poor nutrition starting at a young age can lead to lifetime of poor health. Research has also shown that identifying these health problems and attempting to rectify them early can save lives. We posed the following research statement : There are more overweight teens now than ever before and this is caused by poor nutritional eating habits. Our Null hypothesis states: There are actually less overweight teens than in years past and health issues are on the decline as a result. In order to conduct a thorough analysis we analyzed articles in professional journals involving teens and their weight. We then created a survey to test the previous research using today’s teenage participants. Finally, we analyzed the results to prove or disprove our research statement and Null hypothesis. Foundation We began our attempt to prove or disprove our hypothesis statement by locating professional research studies. We looked for studies documenting cases of teenage obesity rates. We also looked for studies showing poor nutritional rates of consumption accompanying increased teen weight gain. 2
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NUTR-100 We reviewed an article titled, “Prevalence and Trends in Overweight Among US Children and Adolescents, 1999-2000;” published in the October 9, 2002 “JAMA”.The research was conducted by Carrol Johnson, MD. The article was indicated that the prevalence of obesity among teenagers in the United States increased between 1976-1980 and 1988-1994. It also stated that an estimate for 1994 – 2000 (when the data was pulled to complete a more recent analysis of the weight gain situation among teenagers) was unknown. This more recent survey determined that the prevalence of overweight was 15.5% among teenagers including 16 through 18-year-olds. The overweight determination was defined as at or above the 95th percentile of the body mass index (BMI) for age growth charts. This survey contained data from over 4000 teenagers, with weight and height measurements obtained in 1999-2000 as part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), a cross-sectional, stratified, multistage probability sample of the US population. To replicate these findings, eight years later, we developed a survey that outlined the primary objectives of our research as outlined below. Research – Survey
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This note was uploaded on 06/25/2008 for the course NUTR 100 taught by Professor Carey during the Spring '08 term at Ohio State.

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Group Research Paper-Teens Nutrition 3-27-08 - NUTR-100...

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