Leave car to drive your weight down, says new study
People who switched from driving to work to using public transport, cycling or walking instead lost significant amounts of weight, a study has found.
Research led by the University of East Anglia saw 4,000 participants describe their usual main mode of transport for their daily commute and provide details of their height and weight, which was used to calculate their body mass index (BMI).
Switching from a car to walking, cycling, or using public transport was associated with an average reduction in BMI of 0.32 kg/m2 - equivalent to a difference of around 1kg a person, on average.
The longer the commute, the stronger the association, with a weight loss of around 7kg associated with journeys of more than 30 minutes.