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‘Walkable’ neighborhoods lower risk for obesity, diabetes

December 1, 2015

Adults living in highly “walkable” communities are 31% less likely to have overweight or obesity vs. adults who reside in car-dependent neighborhoods, according to study findings presented at the World Diabetes Congress.

“We found that living in walkable areas was associated with significantly lower odds of being obese or overweight,” Salman Klar, MPH, of the Population Health Observatory, Fraser Health Authority in British Columbia, Canada, said in a press release. “Risk for obesity and diabetes are increasingly attributed to environmental factors; however, limited attention has been paid to the impact of physical features of a neighborhood.”

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