Fat versus thin: the modern approach to the north-south divide in England?

Jones, Emma (2007) Fat versus thin: the modern approach to the north-south divide in England? BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Obesity is primarily caused by the imbalance between energy consumption and energy expenditure. It is fast becoming a national epidemic in England, which, if left to continue to rise, could contribute to serious human and economic costs, and be a detriment to our society. There is a vast amount of literature to date offering alternative causes of, and factors that encourage, obesity. This research aims to uncover these factors behind the epidemic, and seeks to uncover any spatial patterning of obesity prevalence in England. Using estimated obesity percentages for Local Authorities in England, this research examines the North and South variations in obesity, and using the English Indices of Deprivation data, ultimately seeks to discover if deprivation is directly or significantly responsible for obesity in England. In a limited number of cases, it was concluded that multiple deprivations were related to obesity prevalence, however statistically, the study was unable to prove that deprivation was a significant predictor or cause of obesity. The research concluded, therefore, that deprivation was only one of many contributing factors that are encouraging the rise in obesity in England.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Department of Geography
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/382

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