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One Reason We Don't Mind High Gas Prices

Rising costs at the pump
may empty your wallet,
but they could be a boon
for your waistline, says
Charles Courtemanche,
an economist from
Washington University
in St. Louis. "When fuel
is expensive, people
drive less and walk and
bike more," he explains.
Courtemanche speculates
that if prices go up
another $1 a gallon,
obesity rates could drop
15 percent over five
years. To get the benefit
no matter what the
numbers at the pump,
try running more errands
on foot or by bike.

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