Thank you to all of that sent emails in response to the visualizing obesity post. There were two main themes in the emails I received:
1- You wanted to look more deeply at where obesity resides on a local level and what the common predictors are.
2- You found them difficult to interpret because of the number of variables represented within the visualizations.
So, I did some digging to see if I could find anything that would address these points. I came across “Fit and Fat in America,” which is the product of an interactive graph contest held last March by The ReadWriteWeb and Tableau Public. For the challenge, participants downloaded one of four data sets, one of which was an Activity Rates and Healthy Living Set, and then used the Tableau Public free software to design an interactive visualization. This data was taken from the Food Environment Atlas data.
Rina Petersen, winner of the competition, designed the graph to enable users to examine various factors associated with obesity. Here are some tips on how to use the visualization from Rina’s blog: