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Globesity: Exploring the trends of obesity through a visualization tool

Author: Camellia Zakaria, Larry Lin, Wilson Hong
Organisation: School of Information Systems, Singapore Management University
Publish Date: November 2011
Country: Global
Sector: Health
Method: Creative thinking
Theme: Food
Type: Article
Language: English
Tags: Obesity, Globesity, Visual tools, Global trends, Data gathering, Consumer pattern data, Bubble plots, Gapminder world

Visual perception plays the most important role in “information-processing”. Readers often find themselves asking, “Can this information be trusted? Is there truth in what I’m seeing?” Today, visualizations relating to business strategies, political situations revolve around us in all morning papers. Nonetheless, it can also be applied in many ways, especially in the basics of people – health. In this application, Globesity provides a foundation for understanding and a cause for alerting this worrying health. Readers will see the relation between different countries’ food consumption pattern and their obesity rate over the recent decade.
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