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    Letter to the editor
    • Shanae Davis, Nursing student University of The Bahamas
    • Other Contributors:
      • Terry Campbell, Chair of the Nursing School

    Nassau, Bahamas
    November 30th 2022

    Hamburg, Germany
    November 30th 2022

    Tae Jun Kim, Department of Medical Sociology, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf

    Re: “Income and Obesity: what is the direction of the relationship? A systematic review and meta-analysis”

    Respected Editor,
    This letter serves as a response to the article published on January 5, 2018, titled “Income and Obesity: what is the direction of the relationship? A systematic review and meta-analysis”. Firstly I would like to acknowledge the talented and intelligent authors of this research article and acknowledge their hard work with this research. Reviewing this article I was able to grasp an understanding of how low income environments contribute to obesity. On the downfall of this article it was made known that research covered the western societies excluding other regions thus leaving the possibility of assumption that risk and cause of obesity may differ in other regions.
    According to the article and the cultivation theory by George Gerbner it is proposed that there is an ongoing stigma created by watching television and the media and getting the idea of being slim. Although the study focused on low income contributing and being a factor of obesity this research could have also looked at other factors that can be a risk factor of obesity.
    Researchers did a good job executing this article topic, taking these points into consideration would he...

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    None declared.
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    Re: Income and obesity: what is the direction of the relationship? A systematic review and meta-analysis
    • Lindsay S. Seymour, Nursing Student University of The Bahamas
    • Other Contributors:
      • Terry Campbell, University Nursing Lecturer

    This response is in relation to the captioned article above published on January 5, 2018. Firstly, I would like to express how astute the research is. While reading the article, I understood the correlation between low income and high risk for obesity; and the stigma among social causation. In addition, to the bias nature of various research on the topic, and the importance of researching on reverse causality of income and obesity based on the results.

    Furthermore, the research depicted the reverse causality between income and obesity. It showed links between the seven research on the reverse causalities and the bias nature of the other fourteen studies. The relation between the two variables disappeared, suggesting that the unpublished studies expected negative findings.

    I agree with the study regarding the cause of obesity that is correlated to low income, plus the evidence showed in the study supporting this claim. Researchers like Jin & Jones-Smith (2015) displays how the cause of obesity is due to poor diet and decreased physical activity related to low income.

    This leaves credible studies like Ogden, Fakhouri, Carroll, Hales, Fryar, Li & Freedman (2017) and, Levine (2011) research on the similarities between the two variables void since there was no examination of how other levels of income may impact obesity. More specifically individuals receiving low income or poverty correlates to the epidemic of subsequent obe...

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    None declared.