|Trees? You big luckies!|
They studied this location thing at the VU Medical Center in Amsterdam, where I visualize people biking along canals and gazing down from quaint bridges.
Lead researcher Jeroen Lakerveld says the best communities promote healthy food sources and encourage socializing and networking, not to mention opportunities to move and exercise.
This study, published in Obesity Reviews, links Body Mass Index to location. It covered more than 6,000 people across Europe.
People tended to see socioeconomically deprived areas as not as conducive to health behaviors. Well, duh. If you think you are going to get jumped or shot, you may not spend as much time outdoors. If the only food is greasy fast food or overpriced stuff from bodegas, who knows what you will eat.
They had people define their neighborhood--older people outlined a smaller place, as a rule. Men with high edcuational levels thought of their "world" as larger.
We don't have a car, so my neighborhood is walking distance...We have two food stores, a Walmart, some chain restaurants, and assorted businesses we can get to, thank goodness.
How's your neighborhood? Even though Los Angeles, for instance, well appointed, I hear nobody walks.