School of Business
This study looked at state public land acreage, average median income, poverty rates, and unemployment rates to analyze the significance of their impact on obesity in the United States. Percentage of public land for each state was gathered from a data overview of 2018, data for the economic factors of influence were from 2017-2019, and obesity rate information was collected from 2019. The hypothesis was that there would be a negative relationship to obesity with public land and average median income; and a positive relationship to obesity with poverty and unemployment rates. This study found there to be a negative relationship with obesity and the variables public land, median household income, and poverty. With unemployment, there was a positive relationship. The results also identified statistical and economic significance with public land and median household income.
Brower, Megan and Carlsen, Gracie, "Impacts of Public Land and Income on Obesity in the United States" (2020). Student Scholarship - College of Business. 15.