Study: Your Car Is Making You Fat

PITTSBURGH (NEWSRADIO 1020 KDKA) — The obesity level in the United State has been on a steady rise for years, and a new study says it might be because of our cars.

Dr. Sheldon Jacobson of the University of Illinois has authored a study showing how our sedentary lifestyle made possible by the automobile could be why we’re getting fat.

KDKA AM’s Larry and John talk to Dr. Jacobson about his findings.

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  • ya right

    Well, lets see, It would take me 1 1/2 hours to walk to work, up a VERY steep hill and extremely dangerous road.

    • Alternate transit

      I am pretty sure you made the choice to live where you do, and work where you do. No one is holding you, or anyone else, at gun point, telling you to buy a car and drive everywhere. Even if you do drive to work, tons of daily travel could be replaced by car. Over 80% of trips within a five mile radius are done by car. Sheesh.

  • ha

    im pretty sure its because people are just lazy and eat to much … that could be it…

  • ya right

    Lets see, I inherited the place I live, and I can’t just find a job next door, so choosing things is not the point. Public transportation is slowly dying in our area. And yes, I do 5 mile trips in my car, why? Because you try lugging home 8 bags, on a VERY busy highway that no one cares if you are walking there or not. You want to use your car less? Go to Chicago or any other place that has REAL good public transportation.
    People who eat right and are not at all lazy drive more then those who are.

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