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A new study found that the number of restaurants within a five-minute walk of your house directly correlates to your body mass index
, reports the Wall Street Journal
. In other words, if you’re within walking distance of a ton of restaurants, you’ll be chunkier than those who aren’t. It also found that “the proximity of women’s homes to a supermarket relative to a convenience store is associated with lower BMI,” according to the study’s abstract.
The study, released by the Journal of Planning, Education and Research, clashes with the notion that urban centers are healthier because they aren’t car-dependent. Yes, you’re walking to a restaurant, but at least you’re walking.
You can’t win, can you?
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