Scientists from the National research Institute in Montreal found that improvement of urban infrastructure for pedestrians can have a positive effect on waist size and body mass index (BMI) in children.
According to the study, living in a city is a risk factor for childhood obesity. The study found that the infrastructure designed to promote walking, can help reduce childhood obesity.
Pedestrian amenities such as lighted crosswalks, wider sidewalks and pedestrian signs to help people cross the road, have a great influence on the mobility of children in areas with high population density. They can also encourage children to ride bicycles, play outside and engage in such actions that help them to expend energy.
The research team analyzed and compared data collected during 2 years among children in Montreal with a family history of obesity, who lived in the city for an extended period of observation.
The study was published in the journal “Preventive Medicine”.