Is Your Car Making You Fat?
How to break the drive-everywhere habit
By Leanna Skarnulis
Reviewed By Cynthia Haines, MD
"My car is making me fat" sounds about as plausible as "My dog ate my homework." But don't laugh. The truth is that the lack of physical activity in our daily lives is a huge contributor to obesity. And what contributes more to inactivity than our dependence on the automobile?
A recent study of the link between driving and obesity showed a result that surprised even its lead researcher: Every 30 minutes you spend each day in a car increases your risk of being obese by 3%.
"Three percent for a half-hour is a heck of a result," says Lawrence D. Frank, PhD, who led the Georgia Institute of Technology study involving nearly 11,000 Atlanta-area residents.
The study also showed that:
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