Geography makes you sick!
Where you live can affect your health. If Geography was not important then disease would be a random event scattered across the landscape. Yet, when particular diseases are mapped, some places have better health than others. Of course, this does not simply mean that if you move to live in another location then your health will suddenly improve - the relationship between health and geography is complex enough to make it an interesting topic to investigate.
Knowledge about the geography of health is important when making decisions about the future. Governments need to study the geography of health before taking strategic decisions about the location of hospitals and specialist healthcare resources. Those charged with managing environmental health may target resources to those places where improvements are most needed.
Mapping the Spread of Ebola
Mapping the diseases where you live
Global Trends in Obesity
This interactive data visualisation tool shows estimated trends in obesity and overweight prevalence worldwide and by country for the years 1980 to 2013. Source: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). University of Washington.
Numpty Nerd's Analysis
Data from the University of Washington shows that the global pattern in obesity is more complex than a traditional North-South divide. True, many low income African nations are home to the world’s leanest, and the United States is still among the most obese nations in the world. However, GDP is not always a good predictor of levels of obesity around the planet.
The Arab World contains a cluster of obese nations - many with more than 70 percent of their population being overweight or obese.
Wealthy Japan (GDP $38,528) remains one of the trimmest nations with less than 25 percent of its population being overweight or obese. In contrast, Egypt (GDP $3,110) is struggling to cope with more than 75 percent of its population having problems with overeating.
Overall, data from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) show that people from the developing world are less likely to suffer from obesity than people in developed nations.
A collection of interactive maps illustrating geographical distributions of disease risk and environmental agents such as pollution.
Below is a lung cancer map of England and Wales which is taken from an Environment and Health Atlas. NumptyNerd recommends that you click on the map to explore this excellent resource. You maybe able to compare it with a similar atlas for where you are in the world?