The urban planning - obesity equation

The race for an obesity cure is on. More than one-third of all U.S. adults are obese, despite an onslaught of public health messaging. Meanwhile, the proportion of obese children has doubled in the last 30 years, and only 8% of 12- to 19-year-olds get the recommended hour of physical activity each day. Research has shown that some factors are genetic, or habit-related, but one of the less-explored areas of obesity research has to do with what surrounds your body, not necessarily what you put in it. New research indicates that urban planning plays a role in obesity patterns in children. No surprise, children in walkable neighborhoods live more active and healthy lives than their suburban counterparts whose parents cart them around in large carbon footprints. via Bad Urban Planning Is Why You’re Fat