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The Effect of a Multi-tiered Model for Reducing Obesity Risk Factors: Attitude and Behavior Change in a Rural Community

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  • Thapa, Janani
  • Lyford, Conrad P.
  • Belasco, Eric J.
  • McCool, Barent
  • McCool, Audrey
  • Pence, Barbara
  • Carter, Tyra

Abstract

While there is increasing interest in reducing obesity, relatively few of these efforts focus on rural communities. A multi-tiered model to reduce obesity risk factors was developed and implemented to change food behavior and health awareness in a rural West Texas community over a one year period. This paper evaluates the project outcomes based on mean comparison of self-reported health behavior and attitude response before and after the intervention. Findings show a significant increase in, a) obesity as cancer risk awareness and b) food nutrition awareness. Also, increased food nutrition awareness should lead to reduced obesity over time as suggested by a regression analysis of obesity risk factors on BMI.

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  • Thapa, Janani & Lyford, Conrad P. & Belasco, Eric J. & McCool, Barent & McCool, Audrey & Pence, Barbara & Carter, Tyra, 2013. "The Effect of a Multi-tiered Model for Reducing Obesity Risk Factors: Attitude and Behavior Change in a Rural Community," 2013 Annual Meeting, February 2-5, 2013, Orlando, Florida 143052, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:saea13:143052
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    1. Richard A. Dunn, 2010. "The Effect of Fast-Food Availability on Obesity: An Analysis by Gender, Race, and Residential Location," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 92(4), pages 1149-1164.
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