News / 

Driving Tends to Lead to Obesity

Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

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.


Catch up on the top news and features from, sent weekly.
By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

KSL Weather Forecast