Title

Effects of transportation and built environment on general health and obesity

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2009

Subject Area

land use - transit oriented development, policy - environment

Keywords

Transportation modes, Transportation industry, Transportation, Transport, Transit oriented development, Socioeconomic factors, Socioeconomic aspects, Overweight persons, Obesity, Modes, Land use, Health, Demographics, Built environment

Abstract

We develop models to investigate the effects of transportation, land-use, and built environment variables along with demographic and socio-economic factors on people's general health and obesity. The work showed that transit-oriented development has a significant positive impact on the general health and obesity of the people. The study results suggest that one percent decrease in the use of automobiles can decrease obesity by 0.4%.

Comments

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