Laboratory Research

Heli J. Roy  |  6/3/2005 2:20:45 AM

In Louisiana, 33 percent of adults and 65 percent of indigent adults are obese (two to three times higher than national average). Obesity correlates positively with economic status, race, gender and education. Obesity is significantly higher in women than men, and in African American and Hispanic populations than in Caucasians.

Louisiana ranks 2nd in the nation in poverty and minorities make up 30 percent of the population. Together, these facts contribute to the prevalence and significant increase in obesity seen in the last few years.

The Nutrition Assessment and Demonstration Research Laboratory at the Louisiana State University School of Human Ecology is a unique combination of a complete research-teaching-outreach model in a major land-grant university that can be used to benefit the citizens of Louisiana.

The Nutrition Assessment and Demonstration Research Laboratory will be used to bridge the gap between research and the public. Research-based information will be transferred in an easy-to-understand format to the public. The most urgent topic at present, obesity, would be addressed initially from both aspects, research and outreach.

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