More Evidence of Sprawl Health Effects

By Ben Bull
Published November 10, 2007

Another study published the other day shows the debilitating health effects of living in the 'burbs.

Titled, "Healthy Communities, Sustainable Communities", the report by the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) concludes that those of us living in car-dependent neighbourhoods face a higher risk of diabetes, obesity and heart-related illnesses.

"There's no question there's a connection between obesity, diabetes and heart-related diseases and the built environment, specifically sprawl," said co-author George McKibbon.

"Air quality is an issue, too, especially for those who live near highways. We also found that if you're in a car four to five hours a day, social cohesion is at risk." Reports the Star.

Read the full report.

Ben Bull lives in downtown Toronto. He's been working on a book of short stories for about 10 years now and hopes to be finished tomorrow. He also has a movie blog.

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By Ted Mitchell (registered) | Posted November 12, 2007 at 19:12:47

Don't forget that a lot of excellent, sometimes groundbreaking work comes from Hamilton, check out www dot cleanair dot hamilton dot ca.

Unfortuntely there is a disconnect between Clean Air's high quality and its' funding and integration into City policies (minimal).

On the plus side, Feb 25-6 2008 Upwind DOwnwind conference will talk about these issues and more, there will also be a free lecture. Stay posted.

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