Dietary habits of an expat nation: Case of Qatar

Yelena Mejova, Hamed Haddadi, Sofiane Abbar, Azadeh Ghahghaei, Ingmar Weber

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Abstract

We introduce an exhaustive collection of Instagram posts tied to locations in the Gulf nation of Qatar, and explore its potential as a source for the study of the native and expat populations, in particular their dietary and health activity. Obesity has taken an epidemic proportion in such fast-developing countries, and we show that, for example, for Arabic-speakers posting from restaurants strongly correlates with posting from sweets shops. Furthermore, posts in Arabic attract almost three times as much liking and commenting as posts in English. However, we also show that social media has substantial limitations in accurately reflecting the expat population, with languages of India and Nepal - whose expat populations outnumber the locals - being drastically under-represented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2015 IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics, ICHI 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages57-62
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781467395489
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Dec 2015
Event3rd IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics, ICHI 2015 - Dallas, United States
Duration: 21 Oct 201523 Oct 2015

Other

Other3rd IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics, ICHI 2015
CountryUnited States
CityDallas
Period21/10/1523/10/15

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Keywords

  • Health
  • Online social networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics

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Mejova, Y., Haddadi, H., Abbar, S., Ghahghaei, A., & Weber, I. (2015). Dietary habits of an expat nation: Case of Qatar. In Proceedings - 2015 IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics, ICHI 2015 (pp. 57-62). [7349674] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICHI.2015.13