A recent study by the University of Colorado at Denver that was published in the Journal of Transport & Health has concluded that there is a direct correlation between how compact a city is and how common obesity is in that city.
Based on certain empirical measurements such as the number of intersections and the width of the streets of the cities and suburbs considered, researchers noticed that instances of clinical obesity, diabetes, and increased risk of heart attacks are slightly higher in wider, less populated areas. This is attributed to the possibility that suburb-dwellers tend to drive more and walk less. Dr. Wesley Marshall, who is the assistant professor of engineering at UC Denver and co-author of the study, said “We had found that people drive less and walk more in more compact cities with more intersections per square mile. Now we’ve been able to link these city design qualities to better health.”
You can read this study here.
So, what do you think? Is suburb living less healthy than living in the city? Let us know your opinions in the comments below.