Monday, December 18, 2006

Surburbs encourage obesity in kids

Suburban sprawl may create heavier kids 12/18/06 "Using data from a national health survey, researchers found that teenagers living in sprawling suburbs were more than twice as likely to be overweight as teens in more compact urban areas..."In a sprawling suburb, you can do very little on foot," said lead study author Dr. Reid Ewing of the University of Maryland's National Center for Smart Growth Education and Research.
By contrast, he noted in an interview, people in cities are often forced to be active in their daily lives -- walking to stores and public transportation, carrying groceries up the stairs to their fifth-floor walk-up apartment..."

The answer has been around for a while and it's in the various forms of new urbanism.

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