Commentary

Slender in Suburbia

I have a piece in today’s TCSDaily:

Not enough people paying attention to your pet issue? Just compare it to terrorism. That’s what our nation’s surgeon general did recently. Dr. Richard Carmona warned that unless we do something about obesity “the magnitude of the dilemma will dwarf 9/11 or any other terrorist attempt.” If obesity really is that threatening then maybe we should step up the fight against suburban sprawl. After all, politicians and activists are always telling us that suburbia makes us fat and at first glance it seems like they might be right. Suburbanites drive everywhere ââ?¬â?? to work, the grocery store, even the mailbox. If you drive everywhere, it’s easy to see how you could become flabbier. And yet a new study challenges our intuition.

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Ted Balaker is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and founding partner of Korchula Productions, a film and new media production company devoted to making important ideas entertaining.