Are you a visual thinker?
I am and I dig data.
I know for most its not a very exciting topic. In fact, eyes tend to glass over as soon as I utter the “d word.” But, I’ve really come to appreciate the art of infographics and their ability, if done well, to help me better understand and approach complex information.
Obesity and food security are two amazingly complex and data rich issues. So, I was thrilled to come across this food security visualization from the fantastic new site visualizing.org.
And then I got a little carried away researching obesity visualizations…the fruits of which are below.
This infographic, designed by JESS3 & Causeshift, uses data to look at the relationship between the rates of obesity, food insecurity, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participation and poverty throughout the US.
What it Demonstrates:
Check out Anne Mei Bertelsen’s Huffington Post article entitled “Visualizing Hunger and Its Impact: Why We Need a Hunger Data Consortium” for a more in depth look at why we need better aggregation, organization and utilization of hunger related data in the US.
As you can see from the Executive Healthcare Magazine-designed infographic, obesity is expensive! Even if you are not obese and happen to have access to all of the most fresh and healthy food, there are number of reasons why this might be important to you. For instance, we pay for the health of our nation through tax contributions to medicaid and medicare.
Haven’t had your fill of obesity visualizations? Check out submissions to GOOD Magazine’s project: Create An Infographic About Childhood Obesity.