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Day 2 at #ICEENDO2014

Day 2! Where’s day 1? I’ll get to that later. Tapping this post out on my iPad while waiting for the next Meet the Professor session.

I stopped by two posters earlier at Hall F.

I met Miriam Padilla: poster SUN-0440 entitled “A novel mobile GIS Platform to build a community-clinical partnership within Boyle Heights, Los Angeles.”


Here’s how I understood this was done. Four young girls participating in a community photography program were asked to take pictures of places within Boyle Heights where they thought health activities were happening. These pictures were uploaded to the website and mapped out using GIS (geographic information system). Interestingly, only 4% of the photos were medical establishments. Clinicians who access the site now have a window to understand the health perspectives of young girls within this community.

I also met Dr. Gloria Wu at poster SUN-0457 – Creation of a new Asian diet smartphone app to target patients with metabolic syndrome and diabetes.



Her group created an app for Asian fast food via a Google search of fast food take menus. The app provides information about calories and glycemic index. Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese food were included. I asked her if Filipino food can be included in the next version. She also plans to include South Asian food. The app is available on Google Play.



No Fast Food Please!

As an endocrinologist, I counsel my patients to avoid fast food as much as they can. Patients with diabetes often need to lose weight.  Fast foods have too many calories but too little nutrients – a bad combination! And as you read through the infographic you realize fast food also contains lots of chemicals. 🙁

But what caught my eye in this infographic? That part that looks at the percentage of population that said they eat fast food at least once a week. The top 6 countries are in Asia, with the Philippines in the No. 3 spot at 54%. That’s half the population saying they eat at a fast food at least once a week!

If you see patients with diabetes or those with weight problems in your clinic, please share this infographic.

I’m a parent too. My kids (age 8 and 5) don’t eat at fast foods. How long will this last before peer pressure leads them to the fast food chains? I worry … you should worry too!

Everything You Need to Know About Fast Food
Via: OnlineSchools.org