In this unit, you will be completing your research project. Using the outline you completed in Unit II and the resources and information from the annotated bibliography in Unit III, compose your final research paper. Remember, from earlier units, that your paper should be focused on public health and include biostatistics-related content, including information related to the following elements learned in the course:
population and sample size;
hypothesis testing;
research instruments;
statistical tests and results;
multivariable methods, including the principles of these methods;
examples of dependent and independent variables; and
any other pertinent issues related to course material.
Be sure to include an introduction section that gives the topic and purpose of your paper and a final section that includes any recommendations and your conclusion of the topic. If you need to brush up on writing an introduction and conclusion, click here for a tutorial on introductions and conclusions created by the CSU Writing Center. Click here for a printable version of the tutorial with a transcript.
Your final paper must be at least four pages in length, and you must use at least the five resources included in your annotated bibliography. Additional resources may be used if needed. Any information from a resource must be cited and referenced in APA format, and your paper must be formatted in accordance with APA guidelines.
Unit II Research Paper Outline
Columbia Southern University
Tiffany Winebarger
1. Overview
a. Definition of childhood and adolescent obesity
b. How obesity affects physical, mental and social health of children and young adults
c. Available treatment plans
d. Factors that influence obesity in children and young adults
2. Childhood obesity
a. Environmental factors and surroundings that contribute to obesity
b. Genetics
c. Early learning habits and interventions
d. Consequences later in life from childhood obesity
3. Adolescent obesity
a. Health Risks
b. Effect of media on sleeping habits that can lead to obesity
c. Decreased amounts of physical activity
d. Unhealthy eating habits and effects of advertising
4. How can we help?
a. Implement early childhood healthy eating programs
b. Utilize physical fitness programs in schools and other organizations
c. Educate family, caregivers about the importance of healthy eating
d. Raise awareness of childhood/adolescent obesity
Child and adolescent obesity: part of a bigger picture. (20). Retrieved from
Childhood Obesity Facts. (2019, June 24). Retrieved from


Child and Adolescent Obesity in the United States
Tiffany Brooke Winebarger
Columbia Southern University
Child and Adolescent Obesity in the United States
Building a Healthier Future. (2019, October 9). Retrieved from
Surveys show that implemented programs that focus on healthy eating and nutrition education amount children can help decrease the obesity rates among children and adolescents. WIC is a special supplemental nutrition program that targets pregnant women, mothers, and children birth to age five. This program provides families with healthy food options and appointments to help educate children the importance of healthy eating. SNAP is another supplemental program also known as the Food Stamp Program. Qualifying individuals receive assistance with purchasing healthy food options that can decrease obesity within the family. School age children can receive up to half of their daily calorie intake during school hours. Making sure that children receive the proper nutrition during school, not only can reduce their chances of obesity, but can improve performance during class.
Childhood Obesity Facts. (2019, June 24). Retrieved from
Understanding and breaking down obesity into categories can give us a better understand and possibly pinpoint a trend. Prevalence of obesity and socioeconomic status are two categories that are discussed and broken down by collected data. Having data, trends and maps are extremely important. Obesity in children and adolescents can affect their adult life and having the data to possibly prevent during childhood years will benefit the child.
Facts About Childhood Obesity. (n.d.). Retrieved from
Nearly one in three children and adolescents are overweight or obese. No one is eliminated from the risk of possibly being affected by obesity. All states, counties, communities, and school systems deal obesity in children and adolescents. All races, ethnicities, genders and economic statuses are affected by obesity. Also discussed on this website is the increasing health related costs associated with obesity in children. Many issues can occur in adulthood when children are obese, and it is not properly treated. Facts are broken down by healthcare expenses and problems that occur with obesity.
Facts and figures on childhood obesity. (n.d.). Retrieved from
According to the World Health Organization, obese children will most likely continue to be obese in their adult life if preventable interventions are not introduced at an early age. It is important to be aware and understand the consequences of childhood obesity and how dangerous these consequences can be to a child. It is also important to recognize the contributing factors to childhood obesity. From choosing health foods to eat, family history, amount of exercise and the lack of resources are several contributing factors that can help prevent obesity in children. Prevention is a very important aspect to help children and families prevent obesity.
Obesity In Children And Teens. (n.d.). Retrieved from
As with any research topic chosen to research, you must start at the beginning. Defining the key terms to get a better understanding of the terms that are used most often will help not only the writer, but the audience will have a better understanding. Knowing the definition of obesity is important. Identifying the causing factors of obesity is important as well as the risk and complications that are associated with obesity in children and adolescents. Knowing there is treatments and management options available is comforting and knowing thee are different ways to manage obesity is reassuring. Staring at the beginning is the summary of this website in getting a better understanding of obesity and where to start with this research paper.

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