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How Your Neighborhood Can Influence Your Weight and Risk of Obesity

 

Location, location, location. That's a common phrase used in business and real estate, but it may also apply to health and obesity. According to researchers, the neighborhood you live in can have a big effect on your waistline and your health. 

Published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found an interesting side effect of single mothers who moved from high- to low-poverty areas. Compared to women who stayed in a low-income neighborhood, women who moved had rates of diabetes and severe obesity that were about one-fifth less. 

Researchers hypothesize that living in low-poverty neighborhoods gives people better access to healthy foods, a safer environment that's more conducive to outdoor exercise and lower levels of psychological stress, according to CNN. This research adds to a growing body of research that neighborhoods can have an impact on health, however this is the first time a study has shown that moving out of an environment can help to improve health.

Do you think where you live makes you more or less healthy? Does it help or hinder your workouts? Tell us about it!

 

Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.

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