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Eating Patterns of Overweight Rural and Small Town Women and Men

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Title: Eating Patterns of Overweight Rural and Small Town Women and Men
Author: Berg, Francie
Description: In 1986, 25.6% of North Dakota adults were at risk of obesity, which was higher than the national average. In this article the author reviewed the results of a then recent statement by the National Institutes of Health titled 'Health Implications of Obesity', which displayed how mortality rates increased as the degree to which obesity existed in the individual. Slightly more than 50% reported themselves as being somewhat or highly obese. The purpose of the study was to determine the lifestyle patterns of adults in a western Dakotas area selected for a 3 year wellness intervention pilot program with a followup study to measure changes over that time. Nearly all of the poor habits typically associated with obesity being the outcome were prevalent among those overweight and their families. Inactivity and stress were significant triggers for increasing the likelihood of obesity. The findings of the study revealed that many of those obese were younger, including children. These point to the need for an active intervention program to both educate and assist people obese or potential at risk.
Date: 1986
Subject: Human nutrition
Rural communities
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/10365/8095

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