Active Transport, Public Transportation, and Obesity in Metropolitan Areas of the United States
AbstractThere is a well established relationship between exercise and weight in individuals. Recently, relationships between less urban sprawl and more leisure exercise and between certain urban characteristics usually associated with less sprawl and exercise for transportation have been found. This paper completes the less-sprawl-more exercise for transportation-lower weight sequence by finding that counties in metropolitan areas where more people complete their journey to work by walking, biking, or taking public transportation have fewer people who are overweight.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Elon University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2008-07.
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