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(Some Jammed Guy)   Do traffic jams cause obesity, or does obesity cause traffic jams?   ( divider line
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2599 clicks; posted to Main » on 21 Dec 2012 at 11:45 AM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-12-21 12:13:58 PM  
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Also, vehicle miles traveled have increased dramatically in the U.S. at the same time that obesity rates have skyrocketed. It's one of the few large scale societal changes in people's lifestyles in recent decades that can explain the large increase in obesity. The obesity epidemic isn't caused by just one factor, but the fact that Americans are driving their cars further and for more hours out of the day is almost certainly one of the root causes. Our lifestyle is making us fat, and the car is central to the American lifestyle.
2012-12-21 04:55:12 PM  
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I've recently cut my commute time by 80 minutes total, per day. I'm less stressed, I have more time at home to do things like take the dog for a longer walk, etc. and I did lose a few pounds (I wasn't overweight to begin with). My body feels better since I'm not cramped in the same position for 2 hours a day. If your commute is stressful, or if it prevents you from having the time to cook what you want or exercise how you want, then yes, it's probably making you fatter than you would be without it.

/ I will never understand people that find terrible traffic commutes acceptable
// Support alternative transportation and flexible work hours
2012-12-21 02:41:51 PM  
1 vote:
Immigrants from California driving their SUV's too fast on black ice causes traffic jams,
2012-12-21 12:55:01 PM  
1 vote:
Causation something something something correlation.

/99% of all people in traffic jams are wearing shoes, therefore...
2012-12-21 12:19:21 PM  
1 vote:

The My Little Pony Killer:
No, I've known people who lived within blocks of where they needed to be who would rather hop into their car because it's still easier that way in their heads.

That's because their reliance on the car has trained them that way. They've given up natural behavior in exchange for perceived "convenience". Also, studies have shown that the more people drive, the more distorted their perceptions of distance become. If you don't routinely walk or bike, everything seems "far away". The car messes up people's psychological perception of space, because you're travelling at an unnatural speed for the human brain everywhere except for the endpoints.
2012-12-21 12:16:10 PM  
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poot_rootbeer: Or maybe both of them are caused by too many people living outside of walking distance of the places they routinely travel to.

Yes, one reason is that driving has replaced walking for most routine tasks. Large numbers of people's lives consist of driving from one parking lot to the next, circling for the closest parking spot, and then stopping by the drive through for fried food afterwards. It's not just the driving: it's the total set of behaviors associated with driving.
2012-12-21 12:11:17 PM  
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Or maybe both of them are caused by too many people living outside of walking distance of the places they routinely travel to.
2012-12-21 12:09:14 PM  
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Sortof on topic: Am I the only one that's noticed that the morbidly obese tend to drive tiny cars?
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