Big data against childhood Obesity
Children and adolescents with obesity have a higher risk of developing various diseases later on, compared to children without obesity. The reasons why some children become obese are complex, and behaviour, the living environment, and public health policies all play a role. BigO collects and analyses anonymous data on children's behavioural patterns and their living environment. With advanced analytics BigO extracts data-driven evidence on which local factors are involved, and how these factors influence childhood obesity in Europe.
With this information BigO will be able to advice clinics and public health authorities on how to develop and plan effective programs and policies in an attempt to reduce childhood obesity.
4th grade primary school students from the Ellinogermaniki Agogi school in Athens participate in the BigO project. The students wear smartwatches that record their physical activity and sleep duration. At the same time students record their meals for two weeks on specially formatted log sheets and take pictures of them. After collecting all the data, they are discussed in class.Read more >
Since the start of BigO program in schools and clinics, the number of students contributing to the program and the amount of collected data has increased significantly. Children and adolescences from Greece, Sweden and Ireland have been asked to take pictures of meals they consume and food advertisements they encounter. Furthermore, steps and activity counts per geographic location or “geohash” are measured and visualized.Read more >