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Experts: Cut Auto Travel, Lose Weight

Thursday, 20 Dec 2012 10:36 AM


Those extra Christmas cookies and holiday parties aren’t the only factors that can boost your belt or dress size. University of Illinois researchers have determined the number of miles you drive each day can factor into your weight as much as the number of calories you consume.
What’s more, cutting one or the other — miles driven or meals downed — even by a small amount can produce significant reductions in body weight.
The study findings, published in the journal Preventive Medicine, may sound outlandish. But, in fact, they are only the latest in a series of research findings that indicate inactivity — remaining sedentary or sitting for long periods of time — can pack on the pounds and increase health risks from obesity-related conditions like heart disease and diabetes.
"An easy way to be more physically active is to spend less time in an automobile,” said lead researcher Sheldon H. Jacobson. “Any time a person sits behind the wheel of a car, it's one of the most docile activities they can do in a day. The automobile is the quickest mode of transportation we have. But a consequence of this need for speed in getting things done may be the obesity epidemic."
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For the study, Jacobson’s team examined publicly available data on national average body mass index (BMI), caloric intake, and driving habits. They found that if all Americans drove just one mile less per day, there would be a bigger decrease in the national average BMI than if every U.S. adult cut 100 calories per day from his or her diet.
"We're saying that making small changes in travel or diet choices may lead to comparable obesity reduction, which implies that travel-based interventions may be as effective as dietary interventions," said Banafsheh Behzad, who helped conduct the research.
"One mile is really not much. If they would just consider even taking the bus, walking the distance to the bus stop could have an impact like eating 100 calories less per day. The main thing is paying attention to caloric intake and moving more, together, can help reduce BMI."


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