Faculty Research Seminar Series

Sheldon Jacobson - Driving the Road Toward Obesity: Can Transportation Help the United States Change Course?

Nov 24, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM

Obesity has become a major public health problem in the United States. Numerous health and societal policies have been debated to help address surging obesity rates. This presentation explores links between transportation and obesity in the United States. In particular, vehicles miles driven per licensed driver and adult obesity rates are linked using a simple model, which also predicts reductions in obesity rates over the next few years based on reduced automobile usage. Implications on public health policy and the interrelationship between transportation and obesity are discussed. - Read More