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Public transit good for weight loss: Doctors

If you think the bus is the “loser cruiser,” you’re right -- but not for the reasons you think.

An article published today by the American Journal of Public Health looked at the health benefits of switching from commuting by car to catching public transit.

Researchers at the City University of New York, the New York City Department of Health, and Mount Sinai School of Medicine studied 16 students commuting to Queens College for five days by car and then five days by public transportation. According to the abstract:

Commuting by public transportation rather than by car increased energy expenditure (+124 kcal/day; P<.001) equivalent to the loss of 1 pound of body fat per 6 weeks.

Crawford Kilian is a contributing editor of The Tyee.

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