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Published on December 27th, 2012 | by No Artificial

Reducing Car Travel Could Help To Decrease BMI

Research has found that walking instead of driving could help to decrease Body Mass Index (BMI)

Maintaining a healthy weight during the holiday season, or aiming to complete a healthy New Year’s resolution, can be achieved not only by staying away from traditional holiday sweets but also
by walking instead of driving to stores near your home.

A new study from the University of Illinois revealed that in addition to how many calories we eat,
the amount of time we spend traveling by car each day instead of exercising may also be linked with our body mass index.

“The most important thing for people to learn from this study is that they have a choice,” a professor of computer science and mathematics at the University of Illinois, Sheldon H. Jacobson said
in a statement. “One has to be just as careful about when you choose to drive as when you choose to eat. These small changes in our driving and dietary habits can lead to long-term significant changes
in obesity issues. Those are the kind of changes we advocate.”

The study’s results included nationwide data on Body Mass Index (BMI) associated with changes in automobile travel and caloric intake in the US.

According to the research, reducing daily automobile travel by one mile per driver would be associated with a 0.21 kg/m2 reduction in the national average BMI after six years. Reducing daily caloric intake by 100 calories per person would be associated with a 0.16 kg/m2 reduction in the national average BMI after three years.

“One mile is really not much,” Banafsheh Behzad, a graduate student at the University of Illinois, claimed in the statement. “If they would just consider even taking the bus, walking the distance to the bus stop could have an impact like eating 100 calories less per day. The main thing is paying attention to caloric intake and moving more, together, can help reduce BMI.”

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