Want to keep fit? Cycle. Want to keep fat? Drive.
Carlton Reid Wednesday, August 10th 2016 at 5:41PM BST
People who drive cars as their main form of transport are, on average, substantially heavier than those who cycle, a new study says.
The EU-funded Physical Activity through Sustainable Transport Approaches project – PASTA for short – is led by an international group of experts, including the World Health Organization. It is a long-term, ongoing study on how different forms of transport relate to levels of physical activity and health.
PASTA researchers monitored 11,000 volunteers in seven European cities and asked how they moved around the city and how much time they spend travelling.
The project also asked volunteers to record their height, weight, and to provide information about their attitudes towards walking and bicycling.
An analysis of the data shows that those people who drove cars were on average four kilograms heavier than those who cycled.