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Walk/Don’t Walk neighbourhoods . . . and other stories

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j1835 (Published 20 April 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j1835

Exercise deficiency disorder

Evidence to support a link between lack of exercise and obesity and type 2 diabetes comes thick and fast. A cross sectional study of adults in Toronto (BMJ Open doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013889) shows an association between neighbourhood “walkability” and metabolic risk factors. Those in the least walkable areas had higher blood pressure, body mass index, low density lipoprotein cholesterol, and glycated haemoglobin. A cross sectional analysis of the 2008 Health Survey for England, also in the latest BMJ Open (doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-014456), carries a similar message: each extra increment of exercise was associated with lower body mass index and glycated haemoglobin. People need to heed the title …

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