US Obesity via Twitter

What does the caloric value of our posts tell about the obesity epidemic in US?

We collected tweets of 210,000 users in United States in order to study their dietary behavior. For each tweet, we find the foods mentioned in it, and estimate its caloric value.

We find that the correlation of this caloric value with statistics on state-wide obesity is high: 0.772.

Explore the statistics for yourself below.

Obesity Rates

Caloric Values of Tweets

These statistics can also be correlated with demographics, such as the relationship between the caloric value of foods we tweet and the estimated education level in the particular state.

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The analysis of the data presented here can be found in
You Tweet What You Eat: Studying Food Consumption Through Twitter
by Sofiane Abbar, Yelena Mejova, Ingmar Weber

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