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Urban design responsible for promoting childhood obesity?

ANI  |  Washington D.C. [USA] 

Do we need to consider risks when designing urban spaces? Yes, according to a study.

Making neighbourhoods more walkable can have a positive impact on kids' waist line and BMI (body mass index).

Those are the findings of a research team led by

According to the results of the study, urban design is a factor in the development of childhood The study suggests that infrastructure designed to encourage walking can help reduce childhood

Pedestrian-friendly amenities, such as pedestrian crossing lights, wider sidewalks, and signs to help pedestrians cross the road, are thought to have a greater impact in high-density neighbourhoods. Such features can also encourage children to ride bicycles, play outside, and engage in similar activities, all of which help them burn off

The research team analyzed and compared data collected two years apart among children in with a family history of and who lived at the same address for the duration of the follow-up.

The study has been published in the journal Preventive Medicine.

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First Published: Fri, March 30 2018. 11:59 IST