Commenting only on the msnbc article -- IMO, the fact that we've built our cities so that we must now drive everywhere is very legitimate point as too why we've gotten so fat.
I must respectfully disagree. Living in Houston myself and most everyone I know drive everywhere just like you have said. And yes, fair enough many if not most are over weight. Yet I've seen their eating habits. And after that they do nothing physical at all. It make me want to puke.
I'm actually one of the few Americans now a days that is actually underweight. Probably has something to do with the fact that I only eat twice a day. And work out every single day for about 2 hours.
America is just lazy and wants to eat all the time - as simple as it gets.
Dont' get me wrong, our eating habits are to blame too. I'm just saying we have overlooked the fact that the way we began building our cities after WWII has lead to an environment where we are far to car centric.
Kids can't walk or ride bikes to school or the park any longer. No one can walk to the corner store to pick up a few things. Who walks to church any longer? Also, mass transit still requires some walking (normally), but hardly any of us are using that either since in most instances it is lousy.
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