The Links Between City Living And Better Health
For decades, the assumption has been that living in a city is a detriment to your health. Why would you choose to live in a noisy, crowded, urban environment when you could live in the country or in the suburbs? While the suburbia life may seem attractive to some, it may not be as good as you’ve been led to believe.
A recent study by the University of Oxford and the University of Hong Kong found that obesity rates are actually lower where population density is higher, i.e. cities. Also, city folk tend to socialize more often than their suburban counterparts, which is part of an overall healthy lifestyle. The higher levels of socializing in cities can also have significant mental health benefits.
City folk tend to walk more often due to the proximity of places in urban areas. Most of your daily destinations are within walking distance, something that cannot be said about the suburbs. This increase in physical activity leads to lower rates of obesity in areas with higher population density, i.e. cities. Suburbia has the disadvantage of urban sprawl where the proximity of places forces people to drive more often.
Based upon the findings from the study, the effects of urban living isn’t as harmful as the consensus would have you believe. For more details on how living in a city can be part of a healthy lifestyle, check out the infographic below!