Dietary Guidelines and Obesity

Open Access
Author:
Holden, Nicole Marie
Area of Honors:
Political Science
Degree:
Bachelor of Arts
Document Type:
Thesis
Thesis Supervisors:
  • David Lynn Lowery, Thesis Supervisor
  • Gretchen Casper, Honors Advisor
Keywords:
  • obesity
  • USDA
  • dietary guidelines
Abstract:
This paper attempts to assess the efficiency of a United States government department by specifically looking at the United States Department of Agriculture’s dietary recommendations. One of the goals of the USDA’s dietary recommendation is to combat obesity and help Americans maintain a healthy weight. The research presented here addresses the effectiveness of these recommendations empirically with the use of an interrupted time series design that compares the 1992, 1995, 2000, and 2005 recommendations to America’s adult obesity rate. The results show that the impact of the USDA’s dietary recommendations do not have a statically significant effect on the American adult obesity rate, indicating that the department’s use of the dietary guidelines is not effectively combating American obesity.