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Term Project Proposal The Leading Causes of Death in United States 2007 EC315 Professor Bowlby 1 October 2011
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TABLE OF CONTENTS PURPOSE STATEMENT AND MODEL………………………………………………………. .1 DEFINITION OF VARIABLES………………………………………………………….……2-4 DATA DESCRIPTION………………………………………………………………………. ..4-6 REGRESSION ANALYSIS……………………………………………………………………6- 9 WORKS CITED………………………………………………………………………………… 10 DATA SOURCES……………………………………………………………………………….10
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PURPOSE STATEMENT AND MODEL Unhealthy eating and inactivity contribute to 310,000 to 580,000 deaths each year according to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). That’s 13 times more than are killed by guns and 20 times more than by drug use. The typical American diet is too high in saturated fat, sodium, and sugar and too low in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, calcium, and fiber. Such a diet contributes to the top three leading causes of death and increases the risk of numerous other diseases. The purpose of this study is to show the effects of heart disease ( Heart_Disease ), cancer ( Cancer ), and stroke ( Stroke ) on the fatality rate per 100,000 persons ( Fatal_Per_10 0k). The dependent variable Fatal_Per_100k is determined by independent variables Heart_Disease , Cancer , and Stroke . ("why good nutrition," ) The most important independent variable in this relationship is heart disease ( Heart_Disease ). This has been chosen as the primary independent variable because of the claims and studies suggesting that it is the leading cause of death contributing to the fatality rate. The initial results indicate that 24.4% of all deaths were related to heart disease, 23.1% involved cancer (malignant neoplasms), and 5.5% involved stroke (cerebrovascular disease). ("Deaths, percent of," 2011) I believe heart disease is the primary factor, and the numbers seem to affirm this. In order to determine the accuracy of this contention, this study uses cross-section data from all 50 states for the year 2007. The data comes primarily from the Centers for
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Disease Control and Prevention, through the Fatality Accident Reporting System reports and publications. This study will evaluate how heart disease ( Heart_Disease ) affects the fatality rate ( Fatal_Per_100k ) while holding the effects of Cancer ( Cancer ) and Stroke ( Stroke ) constant. The model (less constant and coefficients) is: Fatal_Per_100k = Heart_Disease + Cancer + Stroke DEFINITION OF VARIABLES The dependent variable of fatality rate ( Fatal_Per_100k) is the number of deaths per 100,000 people within each state. This data along with all of the following data was taken from the Division of Vital Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers
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