Neighborhoods matter

Our “built environment” has an effect on whether or not we gain weight!

New research confirms that particularly in lower-income neighborhoods, BMI (body mass index) tends to increase.  Other things that seem to promote weight gain include younger age of survey respondents and:

Agreement with the statement that traffic made it difficult to walk also predicted increased BMI.
I am fortunate enough to live near parks on the Lake Michigan lakefront in Chicago.  Others may need to find locations away from home for walking, perhaps at lunch time at work.

Where do you / could you walk?

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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