QUICKLINKS AND VIEW OPITONS
Obesity rates only half as high among people who prefer and live in walkable neighborhoods
Tuesday, September 11, 2007 6:20 am Email this article
"About half as many [people] were obese (11.7%) who prefer and live in walkable environments than [people] who prefer car-dependent environments (21.6%)," notes a new study from researchers at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
34% walked in walkable neighborhoods vs 3% in car-dependent neighborhoods
Among those who preferred and lived in walkable areas, 33.9 percent walked compared to only 3 percent for those who preferred and lived in car-dependent neighborhoods.
Conclusion: Creating walkable neighborhoods might increase walking and lower obesity
“Findings suggest that creating walkable environments may result in higher levels of physical activity and less driving and in slightly lower obesity prevalence for those preferring walkability,” the study concluded.
Frank L, Saelens B, Powell K, Chapman J. Stepping towards causation: Do built environments or neighborhood and travel preferences explain physical activity, driving, and obesity? Soc Sci Med. 2007 Jul 16.
L. D. Frank
University of British Columbia
School of Community and Regional Planning
235-1933 West Mall
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z2
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