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Active Transport, Public Transportation, and Obesity in Metropolitan Areas of the United States


  • Thomas K. Tiemann

    () (Department of Economics, Elon University)

  • Paul Miller

    () (Department of Health and Human Performance, Elon University)

  • Erika Lamanna

    () (Department of Economics, Elon University)


There 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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  • Thomas K. Tiemann & Paul Miller & Erika Lamanna, 2008. "Active Transport, Public Transportation, and Obesity in Metropolitan Areas of the United States," Working Papers 2008-07, Elon University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:elo:wpaper:2008-07

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    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • R10 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - General

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