Long car commutes may cause weight gain for drivers

A long commute by car can lead to weight gain even for adults who are active during their leisure time, Reuters Health reported.

According to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, a study in Australia compared motorists and those who took public transit or rode bikes to work and found the commuters gained an average of four pounds. Those who didn’t exercise also gained weight.

Of the 822 participants from Adelaide, Australia, only those who never drove to work and exercised regularly did not gain weight during the study conducted at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne.

Other factors that may contribute to the weight gain, such as the inclination of commuters to stop to buy food or to snack during their trips, were not factored into the results.

The latest findings agree with the results of a study in Georgia that found each additional hour spent in a car every day can lead to a six percent increase in the risk of obesity.

The study stated that about 80 percent of working adults take a car to work every day in Australia, nearly as much as the 86 percent figure for U.S. workers.

“It’s the responsibility of government to provide public transport to and from work, and design neighborhoods where short walks are accessible to people,” said study author Takemi Sugiyama, Ph.D., of the Baker Institute. “But that’s a long term solution.”

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