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The Impact of County Level Factors on Obesity in West Virginia

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  • Anura Amarasinghe

    (Division of Resource Management, West Virginia University)

  • Cheryl Brown

    ()
    (Division of Resource Management, West Virginia University)

  • Gerard D'Souza

    ()
    (Division of Resource Management, West Virginia University)

  • Tatiana Borisova

    ()
    (University of Florida)

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    Abstract

    A panel estimation of county prevalence of obesity indicates that while the percentage of the population with a completed college degree and the number of food stores available per thousand population are negatively and significantly correlated to county obesity rates, mean commuting time, average annual wage and the total number of business establishments per thousand population positively and significantly contribute to obesity. Educational attainment that raises both human and social capital, as well as changes in the built environment can play a vital role in controlling obesity in West Virginia (WV).

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    Paper provided by Regional Research Institute, West Virginia University in its series Working Papers with number 200614.

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    Length: 28 pages
    Date of creation: 2006
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    Handle: RePEc:rri:wpaper:200614

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    Keywords: built environment; educational attainment; human capital; obesity; panel data;

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