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Regular news: Issue 476 31 Aug 2007

Car use blamed for obesity

The prevalence of obesity could be dramatically reduced and carbon dioxide emissions could be significantly cut if policy-makers did more to encourage walking, a new report claims.

The Institute for European Environmental Policy and Adrian Davis Associates say that obesity occurs incrementally, with small energy imbalances on a daily basis leading to major weight gain over a decade or more. "Nearly one hour of travel per week is switched from walking to car travel once a car is available...

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