A note on the relationship between obesity and driving

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Vehicle travel and obesity rates in the United States have surged in recent decades. This paper contributes to the mounting evidence of a link between them by drawing attention to a very close relationship between trends in miles driven per licensed driver and adult obesity rates six years later. It also presents evidence on why the effect might be expected to be lagged by six years. A simple model is produced, which predicts reductions in obesity rates over the next few years. If these reductions come about, the model will be seen to offer a powerful insight into the relationship between driving and obesity. If the relationship is more than coincidental, it has implications for transport policy and supports the development of a multi-pronged, interdisciplinary approach to tackle increased driving and obesity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)772-776
Number of pages5
JournalTransport Policy
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2011


  • Fuel consumption
  • Obesity
  • Public health
  • Public policy
  • Statistical regression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation


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