The Paradoxical Relationship Between Hunger and Obesity

My Argument

My infographic argues that the farther someone is from a healthy grocery store, the less likely they are to have a healthy diet. Thus, they are actually at higher risks of obesity because of this lack of proper nutrients. This issue especially impacts low-income communities because individuals living there may not have the money or resources to buy healthier options.

The Data

I chose the data from “The Grocery Gap: Who Has Access to Healthy Food and Why It Matters” because presented a rather shocking statistic to me: that a lack of food could actually lead to a higher rate of obesity. It also suggested that this was due to the lack of grocery options for low-income communities. Prior to reading the report, I was unaware of the prevalence and causes of this problem.

I also included data from “Access to Healthy Food and Why It Matters: A Review of the Research” and “Supermarkets, other food stores, and obesity: the atherosclerosis risk in communities study.” This data provided further context on the issue in that it disproportionately affects low-income communities and communities who live far from supermarkets.

My Visualization

My goal for my infographic was to display this data in an easy to understand, simple way. For instance, I did not want my audience to get stuck on a certain part trying to interpret the data. Thus, I chose to utilize simple icons to illustrate the data and large, color-filled text to highlight the important takeaways. The large font also helps bring the audience’s attention down the image and through the argument.

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