Apr 29, 2019
Don’t drive, cycle, you’ll live longer, say scientists.
Individuals with obesity who commute by car have a 32% higher risk of death compared with those individuals with a normal weight who have active commutes, such as those who cycle. That’s the finding of a new analysis of anonymised health stats from more than 160,000 British people presented at this year’s European Congress on Obesity which is being staged in Glasgow, Scotland, until 1st May.
Scientists at the British Heart Foundation Glasgow Cardiovascular Research Center at the University of Glasgow examined data on selected participants in the U.K. Biobank who reported they commuted to work by car, on foot, or by bicycle.
Data from 163,149 Biobank participants, who have been followed up for 5 years, was used in the analysis. Active commuting to and from work was self-reported and people classified as car commuters, walking and cycling, cycling-only and walking-only. The age range was 37 to 73 years, and 50.8% were women.
Lead investigator Dr Carlos Celis reported that compared with having a healthy body weight and reported mixed active commuting, being obese combined with car commuting was associated with a 32% higher risk for premature death, a doubling of risk of heart disease mortality and a 59% increase in risk non-fatal heart diseases.
Cycle – it’s smiles better.