Obesity Rates in Americans aged 20 and older

November 16, 2015 Leave a comment

1. This graph shows the increasing rate of obesity in American adults. Recently, health officials have declared obesity an epidemic. These numbers seem to suggest so, showing over a third of American adults being obese.

2. The Center for Disease Control compiled data from surveys conducted by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys between 1999-2014.

3. There is a 2.8% increase in obesity from 34.9% in 2011-2012 to 37.7% in 2013-2014. This is the biggest increase in the data. Why was there such a big increase?

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Blog #7: Health (Childhood Obesity)

November 16, 2015 Leave a comment
  • The tweet I chose to use is about childhood obesity in the United States and the growing rates for 10-17 year olds for the years 2003-2011. This research is based on the National Survey for children’s health.
  • As a result of the research taken, The Center for Disease Control and Prevention obesity rates remain high and very common among 2-19 year olds. This data has also shown that states in the south are more common to have higher obesity rates.
  • My questions are:
  • 1) How was this data collected overall, did they take surveys of children in medical offices?
  • 2) Where the number of children polled the same in each state?
  • 3) Why do they believe the numbers to be higher in obesity in the south? Could further research be done to prove a correlation?


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Blog #7:Supplements lead to the ER

November 16, 2015 Leave a comment

2. The article discusses that supplements alone are responsible for nearly 23,000 ER visits per year. I chose this article because although many supplements can be good for you, a lot of people overuse/misuse supplements.

3. The tweet is from Harvard Health. The study was done by a group of researchers publishing in the New England Journal of Medicine. The researchers collected surveillance data from 63 different emergency departments between 2004 and 2013 and made note of all visits relating to dietary supplements.

4. I would like to see how many of these overdoses were accidental or purposeful?

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Blog 7: The Foods You Eat Can Dictate Your Brain Function

  1. This tweet is about how the food you eat directly affects the function of your brain.It was discussed within the article that the type and quantity of the food you intake will dictate how well your brain is able to function and what type of mood you are likely to be in. If you eat ‘premium foods’ that are rich in vitamins and proteins the functionality of your brain is likely to be better. I chose this specific tweet because I thought it was interesting how the types of food can change your mood and ability to function.
  2. The article was published online on the Harvard Health Publications website. While the article is written by a Medical Doctor, she neglected to cite where the research came from or how it was conducted.
  3. Because this doctor didn’t cite the research, I question the overall validity of the article. The overall concept was very interesting to read about; however, I would like to see some concrete evidence before I can fully trust the claims in the article.
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Blog 7 Affordable Care Act Influences

November 16, 2015 Leave a comment

  1. This article explores the various choices the Affordable Care Act gives Americans and which choice influenced their decision the most. For example, it shows that 41% of Americans said that the monetary amount of the premium affected their choice of a plan. The study also showed that 4% of those surveyed had no idea what they were doing. 
  2. The Commonwealth Fund Affordable Care Act Tracking Survey, March–May 2015, was conducted by SSRS from March 9, 2015, to May 3, 2015. The survey consisted of 16-minute telephone interviews in English or Spanish and was conducted among a random, nationally representative sample of 4,881 adults, ages 19 to 64, living in the United States. Overall, 2,203 interviews were conducted on landline telephones and 2,678 interviews on cellular phones, including 1,729 with respondents who lived in households with no landline telephone access.
  3. a.) How do these numbers compare to those of private health care providers? b.) How do these numbers compare to other country’s plans?

Mental Health Professional Shortage Blog#7

November 15, 2015 Leave a comment

  1. This is article is about the shortage of mental health professionals in the United States. It is explained that the shortage came from different minorities and their inability to speak english. Stating that the key to counseling and diagnosing mental illness is being able to have a meaningful conversation which cannot be accomplished through translation.
  2. I choose this article because it was interesting and it was about mental health. the information in this article was obtained from the U.S. census Bureau and the U.S. Health resources and services administration.
  3. Would offering english classes to minority students in our public school systems help this problem in the long run?
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Blog 7: Statistics of Bipolar Disorder

November 14, 2015 Leave a comment
  1. The quantitative data in this article show the outcome variables of bipolar disorder from all ethnicities in the world today.
  2. The data taken from this article is from multiple sources, including the University of Maryland, Abbott Laboratories research, the Mental Health Research Association, and the World Health Organization to name a few. Unfortunately, I could not find out where or how these sources collected their information on bipolar individuals.
  3. The wording to describe specific symptoms of bipolar depression was never explained. It made statistics difficult to understand because I did not comprehend an episode or a mania definitively.


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