May 21, 2017, 1pm PDT
It's difficult to definitively link transit use with lower rates of obesity, but it makes intuitive sense. Here's another attempt, using county-level data.
August 10, 2016, 6am PDT
An introductory lesson in mixed-use development produces lessons and resources for obesity reduction.
December 11, 2015, 9am PST
Quartz makes the point that supermarkets alone won't solve the problem of poor diets among low-income Americans.
November 19, 2015, 10am PST
Six years ago, the 620-square-mile city had not one bike lane and forty McDonald's franchises.
May 11, 2015, 1pm PDT
A law passed to combat obesity and diabetes in South Los Angeles by slowing the proliferation of fast food restaurants has done little to change the landscape of the area.
April 10, 2015, 10am PDT
Research suggests a correlation between regional income inequality and poorer health. Several statistical and sociological causes may come into play.
March 20, 2015, 8am PDT
Public health analysts and justice activists are tackling food deserts in a state known for its agricultural output. Low-income neighborhoods of color are the hardest hit by a lack of grocery options.
March 19, 2015, 12pm PDT
A fast food ban enacted in 2008 in an effort to curb obesity, diabetes, and other chronic health issues failed to achieve its well-intentioned goals, according to a new study by the RAND Corporation.
November 19, 2014, 12pm PST
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.
October 30, 2014, 11am PDT
The "Using Behavioral Economics to Create Playable Cities" report suggests that so much time spent in front of screens, and the continued need to counter the obesity epidemic, requires new thinking about play for children living in cities.
October 8, 2014, 6am PDT
Hoping to combat the city's dismal rankings in obesity, public and private partners launched the RiverFit pop-up fitness park along the Mississippi River in September.
The Trust for Public Land - City Parks Blog
April 20, 2014, 7am PDT
The Alliance for Biking and Walking’s 2014 Benchmarking report found a strong correlation between active commuting rates and health outcomes like diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure.
February 4, 2014, 6am PST
A new study published in the February issue of Health Affairs presents evidence that providing fresh food in food deserts does not improve diets or health outcomes for residents.
January 20, 2014, 7am PST
Though cities like Los Angeles have established moratoriums on the construction of new fast food residents in an effort to tackle obesity, a new study questions the importance of place-based causes and solutions.
December 22, 2013, 9am PST
Poor neighborhoods tend to be fatter than rich ones, whether they are urban or suburban. However, poor urban areas tend to be thinner than poor suburban areas, and rich urban areas tend to be thinner than rich suburban areas.
November 1, 2013, 12pm PDT
To his critics, Mayor Bloomberg's initiatives aimed at decreasing smoking, increasing active lifestyles, and tackling obesity add up to the creation of a "Nanny State". A new article challenges the critics by framing him as a public health pioneer.
September 25, 2013, 7am PDT
Many factors have contributed to America's obesity crisis, but the design of the built environment has had an undeniable role. A new study shows that living in a smart growth community can increase physical activity among children.
July 18, 2013, 5am PDT
Thanks to an executive order issued this week, New York City's government buildings will become another tool in Mayor Michael Bloomberg's multipronged effort to fight obesity.
WNYC: Transportation Nation
April 18, 2013, 12pm PDT
After four years of banning the construction of new stand-alone fast food restaurants in South L.A., the city's planning department is considering raising the ban amid increasing questions about the impact of food deserts on obesity.
April 5, 2013, 11am PDT
The role of access to fresh food in contributing to people's eating habits has been at the heart of efforts to identify and eliminate 'food deserts.' However, a new study questions the connection between obesity and the food environment.