Kids Living in “Walkable Neighborhoods” Beat Down Flab
Experts say we need to find affordable ways to battle childhood obesity. A new study presented at the recent Pediatric Academic Societies yearly meeting revealed that kids who live in safe neighborhoods and walk to local parks and even retail shops, walk more in general, and are therefore less likely to be obese.
A neighborhood that allows walking and outdoor activity is an antidote to weight gain, especially in early life when kids naturally want to walk and run around and play outdoors. This and other studies suggest that a child’s BMI may directly relate to how conducive their neighborhood is for safe outdoor play and mobility.
This research suggests that we need to value the safety of neighborhoods as a prevention tactic for childhood and teen obesity.