Poorly designed buildings contributing to obesity

A New study from the nonprofit Trust of America’s Health states that architectural design of buildings – including homes – are contributing to the obesity crisis. While current trends are placing an increased emphasis on outdoor spaces such as parks, bike lines, and sidewalks, building interiors are seriously lagging behind.

Some cities, such as New York, are adopting “active design guidelines” that are putting greater emphasis on the prominent placement – and use – of stairs and ramps and downplaying the use of elevators and escalators.

It is estimated that the average person spends 90 percent of their time indoors. With obesity at nearly 40 percent of Americans, including 18 percent of children under the age of 18, physical activity must be increased.

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