Obesity

April 13, 2012, 9am PDT
Tim Pittman makes the case that cities can make us healthier – provided we can get out of our cars – and advocates a shift in the conversation about designing cities for people.
GenslerOnCities
March 8, 2012, 6am PST
Here is a list you presumably do not want to find your city on: the most obese metro areas in the country. Dan Witters breaks down the results that Gallup has recently released as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.
Gallup Wellbeing
Feature
January 16, 2012, 10am PST
What is the relationship between car travel and health outcomes in the United States? Ariel Godwin and Anne Price challenge the claim that more time in the car decreases your health by looking at the impacts of education, income, and employment rates.
Anne Price
January 8, 2012, 7am PST
Richard Florida examines the "Geography of Health" in American and why some cities are healthier than others.
The Atlantic Cities
Feature
October 13, 2011, 7am PDT
Driving makes people fatter and less healthy, right? Fanis Grammenos warns planners and urban designers that the answer is not so simple, and misusing the statistics will weaken effective debate.
Fanis Grammenos
October 7, 2011, 8am PDT
Colorado has been heralded as the trimmest state in the country, but NPR reports that residents' weight is still on the rise.
NPR
Blog post
May 4, 2011, 1pm PDT

By all logic, the comic strip character Dagwood should be fat, sick and impoverished due to his gluttonous eating, sedentary habits, and automobile-dependent lifestyle. Blondie should worry about his high blood pressure and clogged arteries, and the Bumsteads should struggle to bear rising automobile expenses. Yet they are all thin, healthy and financially secure, protected from all consequences of indulgent consumerism.

 

Todd Litman
March 22, 2011, 6am PDT
The Federal Transit Authority (FTA) has been making decisions for years about transit capacity using weight standards from 1962. The FTA is proposing to update the average American from 150 to 175 pounds to better reflect reality.
USA Today
March 11, 2011, 6am PST
Birmingham, Alabama is creating a new system of open markets that will bring fresh foods as well as more social space for the city's residents.
Project For Public Spaces
February 26, 2011, 5am PST
An emerging design movement is trying to counteract obesity in American cities.
Fast Co. Design
February 10, 2011, 2pm PST
A study conducted in Illinois has found no correlation between rates of obesity to suburban sprawl, as was previously believed.
US News
January 13, 2011, 7am PST
Cities across the developing world are dealing more with rising obesity rates as urbanization occurs, reports TheCityFix's Jonna McKone.
TheCityFix
November 10, 2010, 9am PST
St. Louis' Forest Park is a model of good planning, but inner-city parks are in much worse shape and having an effect on the health of those communities, says a new study.
The St. Louis Beacon
August 31, 2010, 2pm PDT
A new study from The Journal of Preventative Medicine says that drivers in Charlotte, North Carolina who switched to riding the Lynx Light Rail lost an average of 6 1/2 pounds.
Fox Charlotte
August 4, 2010, 12pm PDT
The city of Baldwin Park, California -- purported home of the world's first drive-thru -- is temporarily banning any new construction of drive-thrus to try to combat obesity.
The Christian Science Monitor
August 3, 2010, 7am PDT
Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is paying close attention to the link between transportation options and obesity in America. <em>Next American City</em>'s Willy Staley looks at whether this attention will fight the epidemic.
Next American City
June 2, 2010, 11am PDT
Can health care costs be factored into transportation investments? Should they? The American Public Health Association says an emphatic 'yes' to both. Results are reported in a 12-page report that includes cost savings from walkable urban design.
Grist
Feature
May 27, 2010, 5am PDT

Do parks succeed in making people more active? What works and what doesn't when designing and maintaining a park?

Tim Halbur
March 3, 2010, 9am PST
Gallup looks at the body mass index of American cities to see which metro areas are the most overweight. Flint, Michigan and Stockton, California come out on top.
Gallup
February 7, 2010, 5am PST
Last week, five NYC departments released a new publication on "Active Design Guidelines," presenting ways to address public health considerations through the built environment. Urban Omnibus takes a look.
Urban Omnibus