Fat of the land: how urban design can help curb obesity

5 July, 2012 Billie Giles-Corti and Carolyn Whitzman, University of Melbourne

Billie Giles-Corti and Carolyn Whitzman discuss ways to change our obesogenic environment through urban design while Jo Salmon looks at the role physical activity and exercise play in healthy lifestyles.

OBESE NATION: It’s time to admit it – Australia is becoming an obese nation. This series looks at how this has happened and more importantly, what we can do to stop the obesity epidemic.

Compared with our grandparents, feeding, clothing, and entertaining ourselves has never been easier: a one-stop weekly shopping centre trip in a car, facilitated by convenient parking and light-weight maneuverable shopping trolleys that allow us to whiz around the supermarket with ease.

In fact, these days people don’t even need to leave home to do their food shopping, order takeaway food, bank or pay bills, shop for clothing or household goods, “visit” with their friends, read the newspaper or amuse themselves. Using the internet or telephone, activities that used to involve some level of activity or a short walk, can be done with “anywhere, anytime” convenience.

Read the full article in The Conversation here

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One response to “Fat of the land: how urban design can help curb obesity

  1. I’ve never paid a lot of attention on how our environment has an affect on the obesity epidemic. Great perspective…great cause. I’m going to be paying more attention to this in my neighbourhood tomorrow!

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