Our suburban lifestyle is making us sick, say researchers at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital
Urban sprawl is ugly, inefficient and bad for the environment. It’s also – quite literally – sickening. The unhealthiness of spread-out, car-dependant neighbourhoods is clearly spelled out in a new study by St. Michael’s Hospital researchers. Urban planners, municipal leaders and city residents would be wise to pay close attention.
Scientists from the hospital’s Centre for Research on Inner City Health found risk of obesity and diabetes was elevatedby as much as 33 per cent in suburban areas of Toronto with poor “walkability.” Simply put, the layout of a neighbourhood has a big impact on the health of the people who live in it.
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