Date of Award

January 2014

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


School of Public Health

First Advisor

Danya Keene


This analysis examines the role of both race and ethnicity in obesity among residents of New York City. An increase in educational attainment is typically associated with lower Body Mass Index (BMI). The primary research question looks at whether the protective effect of education on obesity is equivalent among Blacks and Whites living in New York City. Predicted probabilities of the rate changes across educational gradients and race/ethnic groups were calculated using data from the 2012 Community Health Survey, a telephone survey conducted annually by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). Logistic regression and predicted probabilities confirmed the primary and secondary hypotheses that increased education leads to lower rates of obesity among both Blacks and Whites, but the effect differs between the two.


This is an Open Access Thesis.

Open Access

This Article is Open Access