NIH OBSSR Research Spotlight: Food environments displayed on social media are associated with state-level health outcomes
The NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) has featured Dr. Quynh Nguyen’s study exploring food environments displayed on social media and its relationship with state-level health outcomes in the Research Spotlights. The recently published study led by Dr. Nguyen, assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, aimed to develop a national food environment database from geotagged Twitter and Yelp data and examine associations between food environment indicators and health outcomes. Researchers found that Twitter and Yelp data descriptive of high caloric foods were related to higher mortality, higher prevalence of chronic conditions, and worse self-related health. This study demonstrates how social media can be utilized to create food environment indicators that are associated with state-level health outcomes.