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Urban planning a factor in rising obesity rates, says new report
Date:3/13/2008

hy weights, according to the report. Some hallmarks of walkability are increased residential density, mixed-use zoning and street connectivity, said co-author John Spence from the U of As Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation. Conversely, factors such as urban sprawl, low intersection density, low residential density and low land-use mix tend also to favour sedentary behaviour and lower physical activity levels and promote obesity.

The report also found that individuals living in middle-income to high-income neighbourhoods were more likely to be physically active than their counterparts in lower-income neighbourhoods.

Raine, Spence and their fellow researchers conclude that interventions aimed at improving the income and educational status of individuals and families within urban environments may help address these disparities in obesity. And improving access to healthy foods and recreation opportunities in lower-income neighbourhoods can also help to create a healthy weight-friendly environment, Spence said.


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