At my speech to the South Brisbane Rotaract Club tonight, I discussed the transportation-obesity link.
This is the United States I have grown up in. Some scholars predict Generation Y to be the first generation in American history to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents’ generation.
The rise of obesity mirrors a decline in walking and bicycle commuting. Although genetics and eating are two important factors related to obesity, they are two factors we have limited control over from a policy standpoint. Physical activity, on the other hand, is something our government can influence through transportation policy. By making walking, bicycling, and transit more attractive to people, we can combat the meteoric rise in obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.