People habitat

The book People Habitat by F. Kaid Benfield makes the well-versed argument that weight-related diseases are connected to a lack of walkable environments. This sounds intuitive: of course, if the incentives aren’t there, why would anyone walk for the sake of walking? As environmentalists, we typically go on to say that this is an urban problem, where there are fewer inspiring indicators of the natural world: the unrelenting tarmac divorces us from our instinctive needs to roam. And when was the last time you felt stressed in a nature reserve?

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