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Living near physical activity facilities is associated with lower BMI, UK study finds

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j5758 (Published 12 December 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5758
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Living near facilities for physical activity, such as gyms or swimming pools, is strongly associated with having a lower body mass index (BMI), a lower percentage of body fat, and a smaller waist circumference in middle age, a UK study has shown.1

The analysis of observational data from UK Biobank also showed adiposity was associated, although less strongly, with living near fast food outlets.

“The results of our study suggest that increasing access to local physical activity facilities and, possibly, reducing access to fast food …

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