Comment 38929

By moylek (registered) - website | Posted March 20, 2010 at 20:02:17

I don't have and studies or stats to point to, but I find it hard to believe that the patently obvious increase in childhood obesity is not linked - partly - to people driving their children to and fro instead of leaving them to walk or bike places, which is what my friends and I did when I was growing up in Montreal and Stratford in '70s and '80s.

And I don't think that it's a coincidence that people in walkier places - Montreal, Manhattan, Belfast, Toronto - seem to be just a little bit slimmer overall than drivier places - Hamilton, Louisville, Nashville (just to name places I've observed in the past few years).

I feel I must note that there are obvious exceptions to that correlation: Oakville may not be any more pedestrian-oriented than Hamilton, but one seems to encounter fewer fat people there. Socio-economic factors loom large, of course.

Comment edited by moylek on 2010-03-20 19:11:00

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