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What do you think of this Obesity System Influence Diagram?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 13, 2011 at 12:04 AM

Chris Kresser had a picture of it on his blog today.

What do you think of this Obesity System Influence Diagram?

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The full version can be found here.

It is an interesting attempt to visualize many factors that may interact together in modern society. You don't have to agree with it all. I think it gives pause for thought after the many discussions lately on the causes of obesity.

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on August 14, 2011
at 12:16 AM

Hmmmm...maybe the box might read: Dual career households...

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on August 14, 2011
at 12:15 AM

I have difficulty seeing it well, in its totality, on my computer. Some of the writing in the little boxes, no matter what I do is blurry and I need to be able to take in the whole thing as a WHOLE. I'd like to have a hard copy! That said, I do have some lightening shooting out of my head @ the box which is a food intake factor box which read: "FEMALE employment." I think we need a box instaed that is something on the order of: Dual career partners, or something similar. I hope Chris, for whom I have GREAT respect, might make it available to buy. Overall = excellent/holistic, as his mind is.

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on August 14, 2011
at 12:04 AM

+1 Beth for the "tackling Obesities" link especially. And I agree with you re: the diagram being more of a pub health tool. It isn't something one would use with a patient, for instance. But it could be great with an excellent education class, I think too.

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on August 13, 2011
at 01:39 AM

It's very cool! Not sure what I think of it otherwise yet, will take some time to digest

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on August 13, 2011
at 12:31 AM

my brain nearly explodes looking at it

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on August 13, 2011
at 12:16 AM

I think that this diagram is helpful as it visually depicts the fact that we are all extraordinarily complex systems of information, energy, and communication living within extraordinarily complex systems...

It is tempting to reduce elements of our life, body weight in this example, into manageable chunks as the totality of reality is overwhelming.

It is similar to the stock market. We see a number go up an down, but what is really taking place? Factories are built and shut down, environments are preserved or destroyed, vast swaths of human/animal life are impacted.

It is simply more marketable to depict complex phenomena in the simplest terms, but I, for one, appreciate the truth.

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on August 13, 2011
at 11:38 AM

I love this diagram! That said, I think this is really a better tool for a public health perspective of obesity and a bit daunting looked at from an individual perspective. For individuals, I like what Staffan Lindeberg said at AHS11: "stay away from Western food."

BTW, check out Foresight's Tackling Obesities site for lots of resources related to this map.

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on August 14, 2011
at 12:04 AM

+1 Beth for the "tackling Obesities" link especially. And I agree with you re: the diagram being more of a pub health tool. It isn't something one would use with a patient, for instance. But it could be great with an excellent education class, I think too.

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on August 13, 2011
at 12:19 PM

Looks like the US military strategy in Afghanistan, lol. No wonder we can't win!

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