Last night, the President gave his State of the Union address to members of Congress and the general citizenry to report that our nation is moving in the right direction. But today we want to address what the President didn’t mention in his speech to the union. We want to discuss our nation’s biggest health concern: obesity. We are offering its own barometer for measuring progress — the second annual report called the “Weight of the Union.”
There’s a lot of data shown in this design, and a good blend of different data visualizations, illustrations and text descriptions.
My biggest complaint is that many of the data points are just listed in text, and they could have been visualized. For example, the dollar values showing that “Being Fat is Expensive”, should have been scaled so they could be easily compared to each other or some outside comparative spending values.
The other major issue I have is the shading of the silhouette as a stacked bar chart doesn’t work accurately. Readers see the “AREA” of the colored sections as being representative of the values. Because of the odd shape, you can’t just color by height. The boots are showing the biggest value “Sleep”, but because that part of the silhouette is narrow, “Work” actually visualizes as a much bigger portion of the whole than the data really shows.
I like the inclusion of the QR Code at the bottom as a promotion tool for Anytime Fitness.
Thanks to Amanda for sending in the link!