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Peel Region ready to fight obesity with urban design


It’s a big, fat problem for public health officials. But Peel Region has decided to stop counting calories and start shedding the guilt as it confronts ballooning obesity rates with some radical new medicine.

Instead of scolding people to eat right and exercise, the region wants its planners and policy makers to start designing communities that intrinsically promote healthier living — with more stairs, transit, enticements to walk or cycle, and easier access to healthy food.

“You have to have enough density, you have to have transportation, you have to have enough mixed use (development), so there are interesting things for people to walk to,” she said.

We have engineered the physical activity out of our busy lives, Mowat pointed out. “Our rates of obesity are a normal response by normal people to an abnormal environment.”

Read the full post: “Peel Region ready to fight obesity with urban design” on the Star.