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USA the Fast Food Nation: Obesity as an Epidemic

For the last 20 years, the prevalence of overweight and obesity has increased dramatically in the United States. Now, the problem of obesity is of epidemic proportions. Statistics show that approximately 1 out of 3 people in the United States are obese. Research indicates that fast-food is partly to blame for the growth observed increases in obesity and overweight. Over the last three decades, fast-food has infiltrated the American way of life. Fast food restaurant has become a prominent feature of the diet of many Americans. The aim of this project is to study the role of peer-pressure in fast-food consumption as well as its potential effects on individuals weight at the population level. We explore the impact of changes on the dynamics of fast-food eating behaviors. Statistical data analysis is employed to study the relation of demographic factors and weight.

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Arlene Morales Evangelista, Arizona State University
Angela R. Ortiz, Arizona State University
Karen R.Ros-Soto, Cornell University
Alicia Urdapilleta, Arizona State University