Working with statistics

statistics Statistics have a story to tell, sometimes all on their own. But it is also important to be able to read statistics and summarise in words what they are telling us. Often it is useful to compare the data from the statistics, for example, for year to year and it helps to remember the language of comparison, for example “is greater than”, “is less than”, “compared to”, “in contrast to”, “on the one hand”, “on the other hand”, “as opposed to” etc.

 

Tasks

Go to the statistics page linked below.

  1. Choose the tables for Overweight/obesity and use some of the statistics to write your own brief report on the health situation in the US today (statistics for 2015) in comparison, for example, to the 1960s and 1970s. In your report consider the differences between gender, race, financial situation and age groups.
  2. Choose another table from among: Alcohol consumption; Cigarette smoking/tobacco use; Elevated cholesterol/diet and make a similar report on another health risk in the US.