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You are Not What You Eat: The Myth of School Food and Child Obesity

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dc.contributor.advisor Blau, Joel en_US
dc.contributor.author Needle, Elana en_US
dc.contributor.other Department of Social Welfare. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-20T16:51:11Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-20T16:51:11Z
dc.date.issued 2014-12-01 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11401/76786 en_US
dc.description 216 pg. en_US
dc.description.abstract Abstract of the Dissertation You are Not What You Eat: The Myth of School Food and Child Obesity by Elana Needle Doctor of Philosophy in Social Welfare Stony Brook University 2014 Childhood obesity is a hot topic in the research and policy literature, as well as in the popular press. However, much of the present research concentrates on one or a few variables, rather than adequately assessing the underlying structures that inherently complicate the childhood obesity epidemic. Using a logistic regression examining the school food environment in the 8th grade wave of the ECLS-K data set, this study's findings supports past research that shows poor, Hispanic and Black children that receive federally subsidized school meals are more likely to be obese. However, competitive foods available in vending machines did not impact obesity levels. The author posts that a social determinants of health theoretical approach, will expand the current obesity research paradigm to truly answer the question " why are poor children fat?" In order to make a dent in population level obesity prevalence, a social determinants approach needs to be adopted. This theoretical frame will hopefully cause a paradigmatic shift in policy and research. Once policy and research are altered, the social structures that cause the detrimental effects of the social and health gradient among the US population will follow suit. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This work is sponsored by the Stony Brook University Graduate School in compliance with the requirements for completion of degree. en_US
dc.format Monograph en_US
dc.format.medium Electronic Resource en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher The Graduate School, Stony Brook University: Stony Brook, NY. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Social work en_US
dc.subject.other childhood, determinants, health, obesity, school, social en_US
dc.title You are Not What You Eat: The Myth of School Food and Child Obesity en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.mimetype Application/PDF en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Morgan, Richard en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Hayward, R. Anna en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Hawkins, Robert. en_US

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