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Author: Puga, Diego
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1. Eid, Jean
Overman, Henry G.
Puga, Diego
Turner, Matthew A.
Fat City: Questioning the Relationship Between Urban Sprawl and Obesity
Journal of Urban Economics 63,2 (March 2008): 385-404.
Also: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0094119007001209
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: Academic Press, Inc.
Keyword(s): Body Mass Index (BMI); Geocoded Data; Neighborhood Effects; Obesity; Urbanization/Urban Living

We study the relationship between urban sprawl and obesity. Using data that tracks individuals over time, we find no evidence that urban sprawl causes obesity. We show that previous findings of a positive relationship most likely reflect a failure to properly control for the fact the individuals who are more likely to be obese choose to live in more sprawling neighborhoods. Our results indicate that current interest in changing the built environment to counter the rise in obesity is misguided.
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Eid, Jean, Henry G. Overman, Diego Puga and Matthew A. Turner. "Fat City: Questioning the Relationship Between Urban Sprawl and Obesity ." Journal of Urban Economics 63,2 (March 2008): 385-404.