The link between obesity and the built-environment is well-established. Auto-centric, suburban-style development greatly reduces walking and cycling rates, while increasing waist lines.
The consequences of this obesity epidemic in the US will be catastrophic. The incidence of diabetes and heart disease, even among young people, is extraordinary.
It may also be turning us into a nation of morons:
Obesity may increase adults’ risk for having dementia, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Their analysis of published obesity and dementia prospective follow-up studies over the past two decades shows a consistent relationship between the two diseases. Obesity increases the risk of dementia in general by 42 percent, Alzheimer’s by 80 percent and vascular dementia by 73 percent, the new review suggests.
The medical finding reminds one of this famous line from the film Repo Man….