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Driving Tends to Lead to Obesity

Posted - May 31, 2004 at 11:20 a.m.



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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 31, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- A Canadian researcher has found that people who must drive to get anywhere are significantly more likely to be obese than those who can easily walk.

Lawrence D. Frank of the University of British Columbia studied nearly 11,000 people in the Atlanta area, the Washington Post reported Monday.

He found that people living in highly residential areas tend to weigh significantly more than those in places where homes and businesses are close together.

"The kind of neighborhood where a person lives clearly has an effect on their health," Frank said.

His work is summarized in the June issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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