Gallery: Is Your Neighborhood’s Urban Design Making You Fat?

 
The study raises questions such as whether people who prefer to walk for the sake of their fitness choose to live in a more walkable environment in the first place and therefore their urban environment simply supports their pre-existing health and well-being goals. The authors admit that “Given the cross-sectional nature of our study, proving causation is not feasible but should be examined in future research.” However, they also note, “It might not be common for people to explicitly contemplate health when selecting a place to live, but this research indicates it is worth considering.”

“What is the influence of street network design on public health?” This question prompted a recent study that has just been published in the Journal of Transport & Health. While much has been said about the impact of various aspects of the built environment on obesity levels, heart disease, cancer rates and so forth, this study particularly focused on street layouts: comparing the health of residents of car-friendly cul-de-sacs with residents of walkable, densely networked inner cities. So, which of these makes you more sick?

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