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Aaron Dan PPD 404 Prof. Velez Research Project: Fast Food From The Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics “Effects of Fast-Food Consumption on Energy Intake and Diet Quality Among Children in a National Household Survey” Shanthy A. Bowman, Steven L. Gortmaker, Cara B. Ebbeling, Mark A. Pereira The article dealt with the controversial issue of the way fast food is affecting the children of this nation and which types of children ate fast food most and least often. The author was investigating the effects of eating fast food based upon the age, sex, and how often food is consumed. No official hypothesis was stated in this journal; however, we can assume that the author had the idea in mind that eating unhealthy fast food would be harmful to the bodies of young children. The author found that the children who ate more fast food, no matter which sex, race, or age, had higher levels of fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sugar in their bodies.
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Unformatted text preview: The statistical primary technique used to determine certain findings was multiple regression analysis, where the fast food consumption status, age, and gender were the independent variables. The author also used SAS for regression analysis to determine the mean, standard errors, and pairwise comparisons (P<.05). I found this article interesting because it clearly shows the relationship between high-fat foods like those that are served at fast food restaurants and healthy foods that can be bought at a supermarket. One thing I wish is that the author would have gone into detail about why he believed certain ethnic groups or age groups had different levels of fast food intake. If I were to rewrite this article, I would put more line graphs explaining correlations to the different groups studied. I felt like there were a lot of numeral statistics, which is helpful, but charts and graphs give a better sense for how different the statistics may be....
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This note was uploaded on 02/04/2008 for the course PPD 404 taught by Professor Velez during the Fall '07 term at USC.

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