Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

2010

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management

First Advisor

Robert E. Bosselman

Abstract

The study purpose was to explore socioeconomic barriers to overweight and obesity reduction relative to using healthy dietary behaviors and physical activity among African American adults residing in Claiborne and Jefferson Counties, Southwest Mississippi. Six focus groups, totaling 32 participants (9 men; 23 women), were conducted in the Department of Human Sciences at Alcorn State University. Analysis of focus group thematic development indicated barriers to overweight and obesity reduction surrounding low family income and education, high rates of unemployment and poverty, low neighborhood income and education base, race/ethnicity, and traditions. Study results can be used as an avenue to tailor overweight and obesity reduction interventions to the needs of African American adults who reside in the targeted counties.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/etd-180810-477

Copyright Owner

Mattie Ree Rasco

Language

en

Date Available

2012-04-30

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

144 pages

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