From the FlowingData Forums [July 3-17]

Posted to Forums  |  Nathan Yau

Visualize This: Obesity Rates by State

obesity mapThis segment of Visualize This is all about obesity rates in America. The data comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In 2008, every state in the US, except for one had an obesity rate greater than 20%. In 1994, there were zero. Here is the data for 2008. You can find data from 1985 to 2008 from the CDC site. Share your visualizations in this forum thread.

Thanks to all those who participated in the last Visualize This with Rambo kill counts. A little bit of Tableau, some R, and dare I say, Powerpoint. Be sure to check those out in the forums.

Interesting Threads

2 Comments

  • It appears to spread like a disease. In fact that is one theory: that the increse in obesity is being caused by some type of virus.

    On the other hand it looks remarkably similar to that visualization of the growth of Wal-Mart. The increased availability of cheap food is the most prominent theory for the phenomenon.

  • Nice visualization, too bad the underlying metric is BMI (total crap). So that whole infographic is meaningless.

    see, for example: http://www.maa.org/devlin/devlin_05_09.html

Favorites

Watching the growth of Walmart – now with 100% more Sam’s Club

The ever so popular Walmart growth map gets an update, and yes, it still looks like a wildfire. Sam’s Club follows soon after, although not nearly as vigorously.

19 Maps That Will Blow Your Mind and Change the Way You See the World. Top All-time. You Won’t Believe Your Eyes. Watch.

Many lists of maps promise to change the way you see the world, but this one actually does.

The Most Unisex Names in US History

Moving on from the most trendy names in US history, let’s look at the most unisex ones. Some names have …

Most popular porn searches, by state

We’ve seen that we can learn from what people search for, through the eyes of Google suggestions: state stereotypes, national …