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Study Reveals China's Middle Class Obesity Problem

A study titled "Walking, obesity and urban design in Chinese neighborhoods" finds that the population with least access to walkable neighborhoods in China—namely, the middle class, are suffering the worst of the country's growing obesity problem.
November 19, 2014, 12pm PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Sarah Goodyear shares news of a study in the Preventative Medicine journal that "examines the connections between obesity, income, and the built environment in two of China’s major cities, Shanghai and Hangzhou."

The study "found that, as in other countries, there is a link between neighborhood design—their walkability—and levels of physical activity among residents." Moreover, according to Goodyear, in China, "the poorest and the most affluent were both less likely to be obese than the middle class." The article goes on to provide more detail on the findings of the study as well as its implications for walkable urban design.

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Published on Monday, November 17, 2014 in CityLab
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