Understanding Socio-Cultural Factors related to Obesity: Sentiment Analysis on related Tweets

Obesity can lead to the death of at least 2.8 million people each year1, yet the rate of obesity around the world has continuously increased over the past 30 years1. Societal changes, including increased food consumption and decreased physical activity, have been determined as two of the main drivers behind the current obesity pandemic2.

June 18, 2019

Towards Obesity Surveillance Using Multifaceted Online Social Relational Factors in Reddit

Overweight and obesity are recognized as one of the greatest modern public health problems1, yet worldwide prevalence of obesity has nearly doubled over the past 30 years2. As part of a strategy to control the obesity pandemic, the WHO recommends an obesity surveillance at the population level3. Empirical studies have shown the importance of social networks in obesity4 and new strategies focusing on social interactions and environments have been proposed5 to prevent the further increase in obesity prevalence.

June 18, 2019

How can we assess the effects of urban environment on obesity using aggregated data?

Where we live' affects 'How we live'. Information about 'how one lives' collected from the public health surveillance data such as the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). Neighborhood environment surrounding individuals affects their health behavior or health status are influenced as well as their own traits. Meanwhile, geographical information of subjects recruited in the health behavior surveillance data is usually aggregated at administrative levels such as a county.

January 25, 2018

Supplementing Obesity-Related Surveillance with Persistent Health Assessment Tools

In response to the rise in obesity rates and obesity-related healthcare costs over the past several decades, numerous organizations have implemented obesity prevention programs. The current method for evaluating the success of these programs relies largely on annual surveys such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) which provides state-by-state obesity rates.

December 03, 2017

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