It was a little bit difficult for me to try and make a new graph (right) that was different from my original graph (left) that still accurately represented the data. As you can see, the graph on the right is a bit hard to understand. Its difficult to interpret the data and know what you’re looking at. The graph on the left has things separated out into roughly two distinct categories. The bar graph is almost like two graphs in one making very simple to compare the statistics against each other. It also has the statistical data separated by color for each corresponding category. While the line chart is also separated by the same colors, it’s a little harder to read and understand what you’re looking at. This exercise made me realize that the graph that I originally had was really the only way I could accurately represent the information I was trying to get across.
Fig 1: The proportion of participants selecting each response option when asked to rate “How frequently have you been subjected to the following attitudes/beliefs due to your eating disorder?” Available response options were “always”, “often”, “sometimes”, “rarely” and “never.” The attitudes/beliefs are sorted in descending order based on the proportion of participants selecting “always” as their response.
This is actually a graph I got directly from one of my other sources for this project, “The prevalence and adverse associations of stigmatization in people with eating disorders.” The information was very helpful in my research and the point I want to make in my paper about the severity of stereotypical attitudes toward those suffering from eating disorders. The information was gathered from diagnosed patients who participated in a poll where they listed things said to or about them regarding their condition. The graph shows the different things that were said and how often people said them.