Thursday, January 19, 2006


Fat chance of losing weight for commuting drivers

`People who took their cars to work were 13 per cent more likely to be overweight or obese than those who walked, cycled or used public transport, regardless of their income level, the survey of 6810 employed people found. The further people had to drive each day, the greater their weight increase. [..]

The NSW study revealed that even short, regular car trips significantly reduced people’s opportunity to get sufficient exercise in the course of their working week. [..]

Overall, 49 per cent of the workers in the health survey were overweight or obese, and two-thirds drove their car to work. Seven per cent walked, 2 per cent cycled and 6 per cent worked at home.’

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