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In this assignment you will use the provided problem statement below as a guide for selecting academic and other literature to support a multi-disciplinary investigation.   

The Social Problem Statement:  The lack of access to healthy foods causes disparate rates of obesity and associated health problems in communities characterized by low socioeconomic status. 

  1. collect relevant sources in the discipline of sociology. You only have to pick 4 sources. You can access suggested articles via the modules section via this link:  Suggested Articles. You can also find your own articles via Google scholar. However, make sure that the article is indeed from an academic disciplinary journal (sociology)
  2. read your 4 articles carefully and highlight the main points.
  3. You will create an annotated bibliography (click on link for more info https://guides.library.cornell.edu/annotatedbibliography) detailing how those sources fit into a disciplinary investigation of the problem.

Your Annotated Bibliography should contain the following:

  1. Re-state the problem statement at the top of the page. 
  2. List each article using APA format (instructions below) and provide a content description (200 – 250 words for each source – 4 sources total)

1. What social problem are the authors addressing?

2. What is their research question or more specifically what hypotheses are they testing? 

3. What are the major concepts (variables) of interest in the study and their definitions?

4. What type of data and what type of methodology are they using in the project (if relevant)? 

5. Discuss the results or conclusion reached by the authors. 

6. How do the concepts and outcomes of this study offer a sociological perspective for your social problem?


More info and links below if needed 

Social Problem:

Unequal access to healthy food, nutrition, and eating options heightens obesity rates in low-income neighborhoods. 

Academic Sources:

This page contains academic literature on the above social problem.  Please feel free to make choices from this library or add other sources that you see fit. If you need to find other articles you can use the resources on the library homepage. I especially recommend Web of Science, Google Scholar or JSTOR using the database link on the library’s home page (https://www.lib.fsu.edu

Links to an external site.

). With each of these databases you can word search your social problem and look for articles from different disciplinary journals. If your group decides to use a sociological perspective I recommend paying attention to articles from sociological journals. JSTOR allows you to filter articles by disciplinary area so it is my favorite resource for this assignment. 

Remember, your task is to understand the epistemological basis and reasoning aligned with a disciplinary approach to understanding the problem.  Look for the points of reason and the data and assumptions used to build an understanding of the problem in the literature.  Align reasoning, data and assumptions with a discipline.  


Broady, K.E. and Meeks, A.G., 2015. Obesity and social inequality in America. The Review of Black Political Economy, 42(3), pp.201-209.

Ciciurkaite, G. and Perry, B.L., 2018. Body weight, perceived weight stigma and mental health among women at the intersection of race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status: Insights from the modified labelling approach. Sociology of health & illness, 40(1), pp.18-37.

Fielding-Singh, P., 2017. A taste of inequality: Food’s symbolic value across the socioeconomic spectrum. Sociological Science, 4, p.424.

Hillier, A., 2008. Childhood overweight and the built environment: making technology part of the solution rather than part of the problem. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 615(1), pp.56-82.

Huang, Y., Huffman, W. and Tegene, A., 2012. Impacts of economic and psychological factors on women’s obesity and food assistance program participation: Evidence from the NLSY panel. American journal of agricultural economics, 94(2), pp.331-337.

Lippert, A.M., 2016. Stuck in unhealthy places: how entering, exiting, and remaining in poor and nonpoor neighborhoods is associated with obesity during the transition to adulthood. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 57(1), pp.1-21.

Okrent, A.M. and Alston, J.M., 2012. The effects of farm commodity and retail food policies on obesity and economic welfare in the United States. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 94(3), pp.611-646.

Piontak, J.R. and Schulman, M.D., 2016. School context matters: the impacts of concentrated poverty and racial segregation on childhood obesity. Journal of School Health, 86(12), pp.864-872.

Powell, D., 2018. Governing the (un) healthy child-consumer in the age of the childhood obesity crisis. Sport, Education and society, 23(4), pp.297-310.

Powell, L.M. and Chaloupka, F.J., 2009. Food prices and obesity: evidence and policy implications for taxes and subsidies. The Milbank Quarterly, 87(1), pp.229-257.

Reeve, B., Ashe, M., Farias, R. and Gostin, L., 2015. State and municipal innovations in obesity policy: why localities remain a necessary laboratory for innovation. American journal of public health, 105(3), pp.442-450.

Rossen, L.M., 2014. Neighbourhood economic deprivation explains racial/ethnic disparities in overweight and obesity among children and adolescents in the USA. J Epidemiol Community Health, 68(2), pp.123-129.

Ver Ploeg, M., Dutko, P. and Breneman, V., 2015. Measuring food access and food deserts for policy purposes. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, 37(2), pp.205-225.

Wen, M. and Kowaleski-Jones, L., 2012. The built environment and risk of obesity in the United States: Racial–ethnic disparities. Health & place, 18(6), pp.1314-1322.

Yu, Q., Scribner, R.A., Leonardi, C., Zhang, L., Park, C., Chen, L. and Simonsen, N.R., 2017. Exploring racial disparity in obesity: a mediation analysis considering geo-coded environmental factors. Spatial and spatio-temporal epidemiology, 21, pp.13-23.

Zhu, L. and Thomas, B., 2013. School-based obesity policy, social capital, and gender differences in weight control behaviors. American journal of public health, 103(6), pp.1067-1073.