Data Scraping – ‘Obesity’

What can we find out about social media and people’s perspective on obesity

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The accessibility of social media platforms has become a fundamental obsession in today’s society. Newspapers and magazines have become a thing of the past, giving rise to companies such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. I have chosen to conduct a data scrape across all of these platforms to observe and summarise what I have learned from the majority of content found from specific hashtags based on my topic of interest ‘Obesity’. My starting point utilised an advanced Twitter search which triggered over 8000 tweets. Screen Shot 2016-09-05 at 9.24.59 pm.png

I then took a look at tags relative to my subject which included; #obese #obesity #health #physicallyactive #fat #fatty #overweight and many more.
My first observation  was the connection between obesity as a cause of cancer, diabetes and other diseases raising awareness of the internal problems associated in gaining an excess of body fat.

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It was interesting to note that all 3 platforms chose to deal with the concerning issue with humorous annotations. I found myself flicking through several tweets and photos, which were mainly promoting bad health choices with a funny somewhat relatable text and/or image.

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It was also quite concerning to see so many people falsely using the derogatory term ‘fat’ as a way of showing of their physical appearance. I might be a little out of line saying this but I believe if you sure enough about yourself and your figure, you should not upload a photo that your clearly looking for attention saying that your fat if your not battling with weight gain. It will simply further the issue for those who are actually in real trouble.

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My 5 insights

  1. In some instances obesity has been properly distinguished as a progressive terminal killer with its effects on cardiovascular related diseases.
  2. Help and care as well as facts are available on social media, companies and people are willing to share information and help people in need.
  3. Humour resonates with many people, it helps some to relate with others reminding those who struggle, they aren’t alone in the battle with weight gain.
  4. People can often be very shallow and hurtful with their lack of sensitivity to a serious issue just for a laugh.
  5. Many people are posers/ use the struggle of weight gain for attention to show off their physical appearance.

 

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