Driving: A Road to Unhealthy Lifestyles and Poor Health Outcomes

Driving: A Road to Unhealthy Lifestyles and Poor Health Outcomes

This article examines the potential effects of driving on health and well-being.

Key findings

“Several studies have shown that lengthy car commuting perpetuates conditions that compromise individuals’ health, which includes stress caused by traffic congestion, searching for parking, interacting with other drivers and safety concerns; phenomena characterized as ‘travel impedance.’”

“Prolonged commuting replaces time devoted to other behaviors which may affect health, resulting in insufficient sleep reduced time spent with family members or friends, insufficient leisure time physical activity or time for preparation of food.”

“An American cross-sectional study found that each hour in the car was associated with a 6% increase in the odds of obesity.”

“There was a consistent trend that higher prevalence rates of smoking, excessive alcohol use, insufficient fruit and vegetable consumption, physical inactivity, and insufficient sleep were observed among those with higher driving time.”

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