August 21, 2014

Study finds public transportation users more fit

Photo courtesy Miles, the MBTA guy

Photo courtesy Miles, the MBTA guy
LONDON — CTV News reported that walking, cycling and taking public transportation to work are associated with lower body weight and lower body fat composition when compared against those who drive, according to a team of researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and University College London.

The study collected and assessed 7,534 BMI measurements and 7,424 body fat percentage measurements from participants in a cross-sectional dataset representative of the British population.

Ten percent of men and 11% of women reported using public transport. Both their body fat percentage and their BMI scores, like those of others who walked or cycled, were lower than those who commuted by means of a personally owned car. For the full story, click here.

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