Dallas is a commuter city. So much so in fact, that according to Dallas Regional Mobility Coalition the average Dallas worker spends nearly 58 hours per year in traffic. To top it off the DFW region has the third highest rate of annual delay per traveler in the United States.
Now a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine has shown that all that traffic isn’t very good for us. It is making us all fat and diabetic.
The study followed 4,297 people, most Dallaites, and correlated the distance they commute with things like waist size, BMI (Body Mass Index), and cholesterol levels.
The results showed that people who have long drives for work are fatter and have higher blood pressure than those with short drives.
Specifically, workers who travel more than 15 miles to work are about seven percent more likely to have elevated blood pressure and be obese, and in turn, increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.