Relationship Between Family Income and Obesity

About the Book

Obesity is a chronic disease that is caused by several factors such as diet, genetics, physical inactivity, and poor dietary habits. This research focused on how income affects obesity among African Americans (AA). The data used in the study was obtained from African American participants living in Durham, North Carolina (NC). Studies have shown low income African Americans are disproportionately affected by chronic diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol, due to poor eating habits or diets. Some studies have also reported higher rates of obesity amongst high income earners. The purpose of this research is to address the inconsistency, as well as fill the gap in the literature on this topic. Additionally, the study is focused on other key factors that contribute to low family income and how these factors contribute to obesity among AA, specifically in Durham, NC. A qualitative approach was used to interview and glean the lived experiences of 30 participants. The findings from the study showed family income contributes to obesity. The study contributes to social change by recommending that policy makers advocate for an increase in national minimum wage, encourage educational approaches to prevent obesity, promote good eating habits, and promote adequate physical activity amongst AA.

About the Author

Dr. Charles D. Boison holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, and a master’s degree from Troy State University, Alabama, USA. He obtained his doctorate from Walden University, Minnesota, USA, in Public health, with specialization in epidemiology in 2016.

While embarking on his doctoral program at Walden University, Dr. Boison did extensive research on the determinants of obesity-related health issues. These culminated in Dr. Boison’s desire to focus his research on the relationship between family income and obesity. It was this passion that gave birth to his book, “Relationship between Family Income and Obesity.”

Dr. Boison is an Active Duty Officer of the United States Public Health Service. Prior to being commissioned into the USPHS, he served in the U.S. Navy for seven years.  He’s achieved several awards while in the U.S Navy and currently with the USPHS.

Dr. Boison is a Consumer Safety Officer/Investigator for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He is the author of Spiritual Militants, which was published in Ghana in 1996. He has authored several public health-related articles while on Active Duty. 

Dr. Boison is married to Lydia, and they are the parents of three children; Davina, Janelle, and Joelle.   

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