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Fat city: the relationship between urban sprawl and obesity

By Jean Eid, Henry G. Overman, Diego Puga and Matthew Turner

Abstract

We study the relationship between urban sprawl and obesity. Using data that tracks individuals over time, we find no evidence that urban sprawl causes obesity. We show that previous findings of a positive relationship most likely reflect a failure to properly control for the fact the individuals who are more likely to be obese choose to live in more sprawling neighborhoods. Our results indicate that current interest in changing the built environment to counter the rise in obesity is misguided

Topics: HD Industries. Land use. Labor, HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Publisher: Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science
Year: 2006
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:19793
Provided by: LSE Research Online

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