Hitting the road to obesity
PEOPLE could be driving themselves to obesity, according to Professor Sheldon Jacobson of the University of Illinois. He claims there is a 99 per cent association between obesity and distance travelled. He says there is an ‘‘energy imbalance’’ as people consume high-calorie food, then drive instead of walking. Eating food in the car is one of the key factors, he says. Similar scenarios are unfolding in China and India, where car sales are booming.