Lame community design, such as poorly planned, low-density, auto-dependent development, makes it more difficult for people to get physical activity and maintain a healthy weight. There is a clear correlation between urban sprawl and the epidemic levels of obesity and increase of chronic diseases associated with physical inactivity. A global study compared the each country sprawl index to the health characteristics of more than 200,000 individuals living in the 48 counties and found that people living in countries marked by sprawling development are likely to walk and bike less, weigh more, drive more, have a higher body mass index (BMI) and suffer more from hypertension (i.e. high blood pressure), respiratory ailments and cancer than people who live in less sprawling countries.
Because of this our world needs, now more than ever, urban optimists like photographer Polo Garat and his S.I.O.U.D.S. The Squad of Interactive Optimization of Urban Spatial Dynamics will study the neighborhood’s history, topography and attitude to evaluate the best way to make their own fun! And guess what? You’re invited!
Polo Garat website: https://www.pologarat.com
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