Childhood Obesity Research Earns Student Award

Posted by on November 16, 2012

childhood obesity research, minnesota school of businessCongratulations to Joe Sexton who is the Research Award winner for Early Fall 2012 quarter at the Minnesota School of Business Online Division and the proud new owner of a Barnes & Noble Nook!

 Read his outstanding paper about childhood obesity.

Would you like a chance to win? Submit your “A” paper from Fall Quarter.

His research story is below:

“After my wife and I had our first child we were adamant that we would do all the right things for him. That included making sure we fed him right and I can assure you, that’s still a daily challenge. Part of the reason for that is the foods that are commonly available are not all that healthy for us, which provided plenty of inspiration for research into the topic of diets in America. The intention of my research was to bring some awareness to the health consequences that come along with today’s most popular foods and beverages. 

“Soda, snacks, fast food, and quick meals for on-the-go, busy parents are very popular today.  Unfortunately, the popularity of these items has led to epidemic rates of obesity in children which have been continuously rising for the last few decades.  The reason is that these foods are not designed to be healthy, they are designed to be delicious, affordable, easy, and most of all, profitable. The health consequences associated with these foods are weight issues, diabetes, and eventual heath issues in adulthood.  The health care costs relating to obesity are astounding and more than the costs associated with tobacco making the issue of obesity relevant to everyone.

“My approach to the research process was to learn a little bit about the topic using some general internet research and then refine my research to find more specific information using the school’s library and databases.  As I learned more about the topic, I drafted a working thesis and an outline to support it.  My outline helped me identify my research/evidence needs and offered a bird’s eye view of my arguments helping me keep the paper on topic. Journals tend to be very specific, so this approach also saved a lot of time by allowing me to have some specific search goals in mind before trying to find journal articles. Finally, I paid very close attention to the sources I was using in the paper and made sure to introduce and offer credentials of my sources to add weight and authority to my arguments.” – Joe Sexton, Research Award Winner, Early Fall 2012


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