donk said:Heard it on the CBC, and investigated further.
giff57 said:My problem is, even though the researchers do not imply causality, the smart growth people wave this study around like it does. Perhaps the people prone to obesity select these places to live because they fit their lifestyle. That would mean that their lifestyle choices caused the obesity, not the built environment. The study even comes out and says that in the folks who exercised, there was no difference in the amount of exercise in the different locations.
Perhaps another way to look at it is that suburbs without sidewalks and other walkable areas enable people who would tend to not exercise a lot to continue to avoid exercise.
jmf said:So, the built environment does not cause the obesity or poor exercise choices but it **may** discourage those who know they should get out and about more from doing so.
I guess to try to put it more simply, the built environment does not make it easy to change exercise habits.
But maybe this doesn't make any sense at all..... to anybody but me.
giff57 said:That's probably true for the people who are on the exercise fence, but what about my point of people's choices? Are you/they/whoever suggesting that we force people to live in our uber planned utiopias because we know it's best for them.