As I personally prefer an urban lifestyle for its sociability and inherent physical activity (walking, stairs), I am always interested in articles that address the benefits.
Urban sprawl not cause of human sprawl: study Individuals more at risk for obesity tend to live in sprawling neighbourhoods
“Someone who does not like to walk is more likely to be obese and is more likely to live where one can easily get around by car,” says U of T economics professor Matthew Turner, one of the study’s authors. “Thus, the finding that people in sprawling neighbourhoods are heavier does not imply that sprawl causes obesity.”
A friend moved from suburan Chicago to Toronto a number of years ago. She was astonished by the general fitness (and slimness) of the population. “Where are all the fat people?” They didn’t live in the downtown core. Never have, and likely never will…