Fewer Cars = Healthier Kids

Another interesting post on Streetsblog New York, this time about research that correlates proximity to traffic with kids health.

“Children living within 150 meters of high-traffic areas were found to have, on average, BMIs five percent higher than those living near low-traffic areas. The researchers put forward two explanations for why high traffic contributes to obesity. The first is that real or perceived danger from cars reduces walking and biking. The other is that too much traffic contributes to high asthma rates, which make physical activity more difficult and less frequent.”

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