Collective intelligence, social networks and propagation of a social disease, obesity

Carla Taramasco, Jacques Demongeot

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Abstract

In this paper, we propose a theoretical framework (conceptualization and formalization) which seeks to model obesity as a process of transformation of one's own body determined by individual (physical and psychological), inter-individual (relational, i.e., relative to the relationship between the individual and others) and socio-cultural (environmental, i.e., relative to the relationship between the individual and his milieu) factors. Individual and inter-individual factors are tied to each other in a socio-cultural context whose impact is notably related to the visibility of any body being exposed on the public stage in a non-contingent way. The question we are dealing with in this article is whether such kind of social diseases, i.e., depending upon socio-environmental exposure, can be considered as "contagious". In other words, can obesity be propagated from individuals to individuals or from environmental sources over a whole population?

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2011 International Conference on Emerging Intelligent Data and Web Technologies, EIDWT 2011
Pages86-90
Number of pages5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd International Conference on Emerging Intelligent Data and Web Technologies, EIDWT 2011 - Tirana, Albania
Duration: 7 Sep 20119 Sep 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2011 International Conference on Emerging Intelligent Data and Web Technologies, EIDWT 2011

Conference

Conference2nd International Conference on Emerging Intelligent Data and Web Technologies, EIDWT 2011
Country/TerritoryAlbania
CityTirana
Period7/09/119/09/11

Keywords

  • contagious social disease
  • homophilic rule
  • network architecture
  • obesity
  • Social networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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