Well who knew? Obesity thrives in un-walkable neighbourhoods!
This is old news to readers of RTH but we can at least add today's Star article to the long list of healthcare studies - this time by St Mike's - concluding something we've all known for a while: The suburbs will make you fat.
Rates of obesity and diabetes are 33 percent higher in outlying parts of Toronto... Least-walkable neighbourhoods include those in outer Etobicoke and Scarborough. Residents living in such areas have, on average, a one-third greater chance of being obese and having diabetes than those in the most walkable areas, according to the study published Wednesday in the online journal PLOS One.
The study uses a variety of factors to determine what makes a neighbourhood walkable, including:
Looking at these unhealthy neighbourhood designs, co-author Dr. Gillian Booth notes, "We pretty much engineered physical activity out of our daily lives".
Sounds about right, but the question is: what do we do now?
You can find the original research report here.
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