Date of Award


Document Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences

First Advisor

Diane Waldman, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Sheila E. Schroeder

Third Advisor

Lynn Schofield-Clark

Fourth Advisor

Carol Helstosky


Diabetes, Documentary, Film, Food culture, Obesity, United States of America


Diabetes has become a cultural problem across America, but particularly in the Midwest and Southern regions. For my film, I explored these two areas and compared the food and exercise culture to one of the healthier regions, the West. Having moved from Indiana to Colorado, I used my own personal experiences to analyze why people in the Midwest struggle with diabetes and obesity at such a higher rate than those nearer to the Pacific Ocean. Through a series of interviews with close friends and observational analysis of each state, I came to learn something very important about health: our food culture is embedded and encouraged by the people that surround us, and changing the way we behave is more than just being taught healthy activities. People can change, but unfortunately I believe the problem is going to have to get worse before America takes it seriously enough to fix it.

Publication Statement

Copyright is held by the author. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.

Rights Holder

Keri Noll


Received from ProQuest

File Format




File Size

85 p.


Mass communication