First and Last Name/s of Presenters

Talia NietoFollow

Mentor/s

Prof. Woronik

Participation Type

Poster

Abstract

This poster goes over Obesity as an epidemic. Obesity has become a huge health problem in America and around the world causing the disease to be deemed an epidemic (James et al. 2001). The key topics discussed in the poster address what obesity is, why obesity is an important health issue, what the weight stigma is and how it effects the obese, and what makes a person obese. Obesity is a disorder involving excessive body fat that increases the risk of health problems (Daundasekara et al. 2019). The Weight Stigma surrounding obesity is characterized as the discriminatory acts and ideologies targeted towards individuals because of their weight and size (Hayward et al. 2018). Typically, the weight stigma is formed around the idea that obesity is caused solely based on a person’s behavior. In the discussion of what causes obesity, three subsections which are each key roles in the cause of obesity are explained; Behavior, Environment, and Genetics. As a result, it will be seen that Obesity is caused by more than a person’s behavior, genetics as well as the environment play key roles in obesity, and therefore the negative connotations associated with obesity should cease.

College and Major available

Biology

Course Name and Number, Professor Name

Senior Seminar, BI-399, Prof. Woronik

Location

Digital Commons & West Campus West Building

Start Day/Time

4-29-2022 1:00 PM

End Day/Time

4-29-2022 4:00 PM

Students' Information

Talia Nieto, Biology Major, Honors student, 2022

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Apr 29th, 1:00 PM Apr 29th, 4:00 PM

Behavior, Environment, and Genetics as Causes of Obesity as an Epidemic, and How America can Prevent the Negative Stigma Associated with the Obese

Digital Commons & West Campus West Building

This poster goes over Obesity as an epidemic. Obesity has become a huge health problem in America and around the world causing the disease to be deemed an epidemic (James et al. 2001). The key topics discussed in the poster address what obesity is, why obesity is an important health issue, what the weight stigma is and how it effects the obese, and what makes a person obese. Obesity is a disorder involving excessive body fat that increases the risk of health problems (Daundasekara et al. 2019). The Weight Stigma surrounding obesity is characterized as the discriminatory acts and ideologies targeted towards individuals because of their weight and size (Hayward et al. 2018). Typically, the weight stigma is formed around the idea that obesity is caused solely based on a person’s behavior. In the discussion of what causes obesity, three subsections which are each key roles in the cause of obesity are explained; Behavior, Environment, and Genetics. As a result, it will be seen that Obesity is caused by more than a person’s behavior, genetics as well as the environment play key roles in obesity, and therefore the negative connotations associated with obesity should cease.