The Rate of Obesity in African-American Youth Research Proposal by scribbler

The Rate of Obesity in African-American Youth
A research proposal on the serious epidemic of obesity in African-American children.
# 152853 | 3,835 words | 18 sources | APA | 2013 | US

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The paper presents a study that aims to identify cross-cultural and psychosocial factors that contribute to the obesity rate among African-American youth, determine current trends in obesity rates among African-American youth and develop a set of best practices in helping African-American youth regain a normal body mass index. The paper reviews the literature on this topic and outlines the research procedure, population and sample, research design and instrumentation, data collection and method of analysis of this proposed study. The paper also looks at the time schedule, resources, personnel and budget necessary for the study.

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Related Research/Literature Review
Research Procedure (Methods)
Population and Sample
Research Design
Instrumentation and Data Collection
Planned Method of Analysis
Time Schedule
Resources Needed
Needed Assurances/Clearances

From the Paper:

"Many African-American children and adolescents who are raised in low-income families are faced with some challenges that their more affluent counterparts do not typically encounter that contribute to higher rates of obesity. For example, Meaney, Hart and Griffin (2009) note that, "Limited financial resources often affect a low-income family's ability to provide healthy food choices. Unfortunately, meals served to children from low-income families through the federal government's free and reduced breakfast and lunch programs have high fat content and limited nutritional value" (p. 35). Beyond the restricted dietary offerings that many low-income families are forced to serve, more affluent young people typically enjoy the advantages of community-based resources that might not be available to their lower-income counterparts. In this regard, Meaney and her associates add that, "Moreover, these same families may reside in high-crime and at-risk neighborhoods that limit children's opportunities to participate in outdoor physical activities after school" (p. 35).
"There could also be some powerful cultural factors at work in how obesity is viewed within the African-American community that place obese African-American children at even greater risks of experiencing the negative healthcare outcomes that are associated with the condition, including depression, low self-esteem, suicide and infertility (Talleyrand, 2006)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Anderson, P. M. & Butcher, K. F. (2006). Childhood obesity: Trends and potential causes. The Future of Children, 16(1), 19-20.
  • Chappel, K. (2008, March). Black youths: The new face of diabetes as African-American youngsters have become Heavier, half of them are predicted to be diagnosed with the disease during their lifetime. Ebony, 63(5), 130-131.
  • Childhood obesity: What every parent needs to know about children's excessive weight and its dangers. Ebony, 62(9), 52.
  • Davis, M., Young, L., Davis, S. P. & Moll, G. (2008). Parental depression, family functioning and obesity among African American children. Journal of Cultural Diversity, 15(2), 61- 62.
  • Dennis, C., & Harris, L. (2002). Marketing the e-business. London: Routledge.

Cite this Research Proposal:

APA Format

The Rate of Obesity in African-American Youth (2013, April 30) Retrieved May 27, 2023, from

MLA Format

"The Rate of Obesity in African-American Youth" 30 April 2013. Web. 27 May. 2023. <>