A plug for research that looks at walkable neighbourhoods

May 6, 2009

I’ve just finished reading Dr Ben Goldacre’s ‘Bad Science’, which is this medical doctor’s book describing his ongoing fight against the misuse of research statistics in health, pharmacology & etc. (see here for his webpage). I was particularly interested to see his discussion of the problem with research done by “nutritionists”.

He points out that whilst there is a wealth of investment in interventionist studies into lifestyles, there is an urgent need for more research into matters such as the relationship between social inequalities and health inequalities and in particular, “‘enabling environments’ that naturally promote exercise, or urban planning that prioritises cyclists, pedestrians and public transport over the car” (page 133) .

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