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Obesity Worldwide Infographic

Obesity Worldwide Infographic


Visually, this infographic is very striking. We’re given information about obesity with a large picture of a very large person smack in the middle of the infographic.  I actually decided not to eat a burrito while I reviewed the piece.  See?  I’m already learning.

The Statistics

These merit repeating.  1.5 billion adults are overweight.  The health costs associated with an overweight person are 25% more than for people who are not overweight.  65% of the world population live in countries where they are less likely to die of malnutrition than they are of obesity.  More than 10% of the world’s adult population is overweight.  7% of the world’s children are overweight.  The obesity problem continues to grow.  No pun intended.  The US and Canada alone have over $300 billion per year in obesity care costs.

The Countries

Nauru, FSM, Cook Islands, Tonga, Niue, Samoa, Palau, Kuwait, USA and Kiribati have the highest population of overweight people.  Japan has fewer overweight people than the Netherlands, Jordan, and Mexico, not to mention all the countries listed as having the most amount of overweight people.

Your Body

Obesity shortens your life expectancy by 10 years.  You have to burn 3500 calories to drop one pound of body fat.

Are You Overweight?

BMI, or body mass index, indicates how much of your body mass is comprised of fat.  To calculate it, multiply your weight in pounds by 703, and divide it by your height in inches squared.  If your BMI is 25 or over, you’re overweight.  If it’s 30 or over, you’re obese.

Design:  A

It’s well done and attractive.  The image of the overweight person is striking and descriptive.

Information:  A

Who knew?

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Competitive Eating Infographic

Competitive Eating Infographic


OK. This may be my favorite infographic in at least the last 6 months. I may have picked bolder colors, but the information is amazing and presented in such a clever way. It talks about the practical consequences for competitive eating. What’s more fun than that? A barrel of monkeys eating a barrel of pickles, maybe. But I digress.

Joey Chestnut

In 10 minutes, Joey Chestnut ate 68 hot dogs.  That was the equivalent of 20,196 calories, which is 7 days worth of calories if you’re talking about the human body.  It’s also energy equivalent to lighting a lightbulb for 60 days straight.  It would take him 26,00 pushups to work those hot dogs off.  Joey’s segment of the infographic is capped off by a quote that tells us that in order to be a successful speed eater, you have to expand your stomach to “form an enormous flaccid sac capable of accommodating huge amounts of food.”  Yeah, we all want to do that.

Oleg Zhornitskiy

This guy ate 9 jars of mayo in 8 minutes.  That’s 2,791 grams of fat, which is more than 42 times the recommended daily allowance of fat (65 grams).  Plus, even though they don’t say it, mayo has a lot of saturated fat.  Energy-wise, Dude took in enough energy to power a Prius for 45 minutes.  Fun factoid – surprisingly, people who speed eat professionally “eventually may develop morbid obesity, profound gastroparesis, intractable nausea, and vomiting…”  No kidding.  They don’t tell us how many pushups it would take to burn off all that mayo.

Sonya Thomas

Sonya likes boiled eggs.  So much that she was able to eat 65 of them in just under 7 minutes.  If you take the average human consumption of age and multiply it by 15 weeks, that’s how many eggs she consumed.  They don’t tell us how many pushups she’d have to do, nor do they tell us what kind of machinery could be powered by that type of energy.

They end the infographic with a warning that you shouldn’t just jump into competitive eating.  You should train for it.

Design:  C

It’s hard to read white print on a light pink background.  I did really enjoy the illustrations and the style of the illustrations.  But that white lettering on the pink background – really kills the eyes.

Information:  B-

It would be an “A” if they’d told me how many pushups Oleg and Sonya would have to do, and what sort of appliance or mechanical device the energy consumed by Sonya in the form of hard boiled eggs would have powered (pencil sharpener?  passenger train?) And I need that kind of information. I’m emotionally invested.

Source:  Competitive Eating by http://www.foodservicewarehouse.com/

U.S. Hunger and Obesity Infographic

U.S. Hunger and Obesity Infographic

world hunger graphic

How are hunger, poverty, obesity, food insecurity and food stamps connected? That’s the question this complex infographic attempts to answer, and its creator leveraged data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the CDC, and the USDA to reach her conclusions.  Anne Mai Bertelsen, the creator of this graphic, is the leader of MAi Strategies and Principal at Causeshift.  She created this chart to send a strong message that America needs a Hunger Data Consortium.

Why?  Consider, argues Bertelsen, that our best data on U.S. hunger is over two years old.  And when you acknowledge that over 49 million Americans suffer from hunger (or  “food insecurity”), and over 17 million of those are children, you can understand why a consortium is needed.  Despite decades of government programs and outreach from private citizens, hunger has actually increased over the past 20 years, which is why President Obama called on every American to help in his quest to eradicate childhood hunger in America by the year 2015.

But that’s unlikely to happen at the current pace.  That’s because the data presently available is scattered, fragmented, and only available to professional researchers and policy makers, not the average Joe on the street.  How can we collectively solve the national hunger problem if the average U.S. citizen can’t even look at the (antiquated) data?

The above infographic doesn’t answer questions, and it’s not supposed to.  It simply can’t–not with data behind hunger missing and incomplete.  The graphic indicates that states with heightened levels of food insecurity also tend to have high rates of obesity.  It shows that 14 states have higher than the national average rate of both food insecurity and obesity.  Looking for a link between the two?  You won’t find it.  Not until a hunger consortium is brought about so that all interested parties can have access to data.   When they do, they’ll be able to perform a proper analysis, and as a nation, we’ll be closer to solving the national hunger and obesity crises.

Infographics Scorecard

Design: B

Oval shaped designs draw you in, and the artist did an adequate job of that.  The graphic catches your attention and fills you with an urge to make sense of it all.

Content: B-

I regretfully have to assign a B- to the content portion of my grading for one simple reason: this graphic makes your brain hurt (and perhaps it’s supposed to.)  At first glance, you can’t make heads or tails of it, and no infographic should be byzantine.  The point of an infographic is to make things simpler.  In the artist’s fairness, this is a complicated issue with no clear-cut answers to the questions presented by the graphic.  So maybe it isn’t simple for a reason:  there’s no simple solution to the obesity and hunger crises.

Infograhic provided by: Anne Mai Bertelsen and Causeshift.com