Is It Opposite Day, Or Can Being Carless Really Make You Fat?

September 22, 2009

The anti-car movement insists that automobiles have made us fat and lazy -- and there's some truth to that. However, a new study in the Journal of Urban Health shows that being carless doesn't always mean being healthier. Of the 2,156 individuals studied, car owners weighed about 8.5 pounds more than their carless colleagues -- the exception being when carless people lived in neighborhoods full of fast food restaurants. In those cases, not having a car meant about 2.7 pounds more body weight. So, lesson of the day: not having a car is fine until you start walking to Mickey D's instead of the gym. [JUH via Autoblog]

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