If Michelle Obama’s on the obesity case, maybe we’ll see some movement on encouraging the bicycle as a means of transportation. At least we might see the end of schools banning the bicycle.
But fair warning. This is going to be political. Advocates for liveable communities which encourage walking and bicycling are likely to be seen as part of the “war on the suburbs.”
Is this an attempt by some wild-eyed progressives to take our automobiles away from us and force us all to live in apartments in urban centers? Don’t laugh. You will hear this argument.
As for me, if bicycling was going to make me skinny, it would have happened by now.
I manage to find enough calories to make up for what I burn. Okay, some of those calories (most of them, all of them) do come from processed foods shipped thousands of miles in some cases.
Those organic locavores are going to join forces with those socialist liveable community types and force me to raise my own food in a community garden (Clarkston City Council just approved one), and move out of my single family dwelling into an apartment.
As if you didn’t already have enough to worry about!
According to the U.S. Surgeon General, two-thirds of adults and nearly one in three children are overweight or obese. In the past few decades obesity rates have tripled among children – at a time when walking and biking to school levels have fallen dramatically – and doubled among adults. An obese teenager has more than a 70 percent greater risk of becoming an obese adult. This has major consequences on health. Obesity contributes to about 112,000 preventable deaths every year.