Poverty and Obesity in the Developed World
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In the past three decades worldwide obesity rates have skyrocketed, contributing to a myriad of health problems in the affected regions. We have tested for the effects of various factors on obesity, primarily the effect of poverty on obesity rates. At first we used a single regression model to compare country GDP and average population BMI in 162 different countries with the assumption that the two will be positively correlated. Next we focused on the developed world to draw conclusions about the correlations between obesity, poverty, and factors such as education levels using a single and multiple regression model. We found significance between per capita income and prevalence of obesity in the United States in our single regression model at the 10% level but were unable to find meaningful data correlation in our multiple regression; however, we did find a very significant negative impact of high school graduation rates on obesity rates and a positive correlation between the percentage of non-Hispanic white population and obesity rates by state.