Child Obesity and Plastics
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This paper reviews an article which appeared in "The New York Times" by Jennifer Lee which was entitled "Child Obesity is Linked to Chemicals in Plastics." The article is based on research which suggests that exposure to certain chemicals currently found in many plastic products has been linked to childhood obesity. Lee's basic argument is founded upon a long-term health study conducted by the Mount Sinai Medical Center in East Harlem, New York, which examined a large group of girls who suffer from childhood obesity. The article also cites another survey about this topic. The review points out some inconsistencies in Lee's article, particularly in the area of statistical procedures to gather the data. Despite this, the review concurs with Lee's call for government agencies to further investigate this phenomenon.
From the Paper:"With the second group of four hundred, the researchers produced similar findings, even
though this group preceded the first by some ten years, an indication that phthalates have been in the environment for at least this length of time. Also, via utilizing the one-way ANOVA model, the researchers discovered a correlation between phthalates and IQ which was lower in those girls with heavy exposure to the chemical. However, the researchers admit that this possible link may be simply "cause and effect or an accidental finding" (Lee, 2009, Internet). Nonetheless, both of these studies on the first and second groups of girls clearly indicates the frequency of phthalates, for it was discovered in the urine of both sampling groups despite being separated by ten years. Presumably, the researchers that participate in the up-coming National Children's Study will also utilize the one-way ANOVA model in order to "look more broadly at endocrine disruptors" (Lee, 2009, Internet) which have been shown to contribute to being overweight and/or obese. Once this is completed, the researchers will then presumably utilize some form of linear regression which is used to analyze variables in order to create a model based on the data and findings in the shape of a mathematical equation."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Famoye, Felix and Carl Lee. (2009). "Statistical Procedures." Accessed from http://calcnet.mth.cmich.edu/org/spss/StaProc.htm.
- Lee, Jennifer B. (April 17, 2009). Child obesity is linked to chemicals in plastics. The NewYork Times. Internet. May 21, 2009. Accessed from http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/04/17/child-obesity-is-linked-to-chemicals-in-plastics/?hp.
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Child Obesity and Plastics (2011, November 06) Retrieved August 17, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/article-review/child-obesity-and-plastics-148777/
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