Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Why New Yorkers Don’t Get Fat

By Sean Kelley

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This year I’ve traveled to New York City nearly a dozen times. As I write this, I’m looking out the window onto 50th Street, watching throngs of New Yorkers and tourists shuttling between Rockefeller Center and Broadway.
You can almost always tell the people who live in New York from the people who are visiting: New Yorkers rarely wear sneakers, for one, and in most cases, they are much skinnier than the folks from out of town.
It’s not that New York City dwellers are genetically predisposed to svelteness. In fact, the rate of obesity in the city rose from 19.5% to 22.8% between 2002 and 2004. Still, that’s pretty skinny by Alabama standards; the obesity rate in my state is more than 30%.
Why the disparity? It’s all the walking. Read More

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