Obesity: an inspiration for information graphics and more

These spreads—from Architect magazine—are a surprise, a visual delight, and a plea for help.

The inspiration for these striking graphics is the nation’s obesity problem. Framed with the bare facts: The U.S. is number one when it comes to being overweight, the article is a plea to all architects to consider ways to encourage exercise such as cycling tracks and good old-fashioned walking.

The article refereces a study, jointly pubished by New York City and the American Institute of Architects NY entitled Active Design Guidelines that has proven to be a spark for national conversation about how design has the potential to improve public health.

According to the guidelines, physical inactivity and unhealthy diet are second only to tobacco as the main causes of premature death in the United States.

So next time you want to chat with a colleague at work, consider walking to their cube, and if there’s a flight of stairs, taking them will  burn a few extra calories.

Big Mac anyone?

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