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Obesity & Unhealthy Factors

obeseIn a recent survey released in the California Health Interview Survey, it was found that there are disturbing but important links between obesity in adolescents and factors including race, socioeconomic status, acculturation and environment.

 The original peer reviewed article I chose is Association of Race/Ethnicity, Socioeconomic Status, Acculturation, and Environmental Factors with Risk of Overweight Among Adolescents in California, 2003.While both articles prove interesting and present a sufficient amount of data, they both have strengths and weaknesses.

The California Health Interview Survey is an over the phone (random) survey that happens frequently and asks questions about many different health topics. Researchers, physicians and the press  all respect the results of this random survey and the technique used to gather information.

Developers of the CHIS want to know in which areas are  Californians making wise health choices and what their health care needs may be. Since California has a large population with variety of different ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds, this random-dial survey calls multiple areas throughout all of California; which allows those conducting it to gather diverse data.

Supporters of the CHIS believe that by studying the details of an individual overweight adolescent such as their socioeconomic status, environmental and behavioral factors, will lead to more discoveries of factors that play a significant role in adolescent obesity.

The CHIS may be a tool consider use in large urban cities throughout the U.S. Using a calling method to reach individuals may encourage the increase in gathering accurate information from an individual in need and remove the initial fear of being criticized for bad health habits. Are you listening New York, Chicago, Atlanta?

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