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Too Hot to Exercise?
New Research Links Obesity to Temperature and Humidity

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Too Hot to Exercise?
New Research Links Obesity to Temperature and Humidity

June 25, 2014

UT News

University of Texas at Austin

http://news.utexas.edu/2014/06/25/weather-activity-obesity-study

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If you live in the South and have trouble exercising during the muggy summer months, you're not alone. New research by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin has found that adults are less physically active and more obese in counties where summers are hot, especially if they are also humid or rainy.

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The new study, which appears in the American Journal of Public Health, also found that adults are less active and more obese in counties where winters are especially cold, cloudy and dark.

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Summer weather helps to explain why some parts of the U.S. have more obesity than others. As shown in the study's maps, many of the counties with the people who are least active and most obese are in the Southeast, where the summers are hot and wet, while many of the most active, least obese counties are in the mountain West, where summers are cool and dry.

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Developers and planners who want to encourage physical activity should think about what people will and won't do in summer heat, von Hippel said.

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"Some planners are more thoughtful about that than others," he said. "A great example of thoughtful planning is the hike-and-bike trail along Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas. It's shady, it's next to water and it attracts thousands of walkers, runners and bikers on the hottest summer days."

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On the other hand, says von Hippel, there are parts of Austin where the city has just painted a bicycle lane stripe on a sun-blasted asphalt road. "That will not encourage summer activity," von Hippel said, "except among the truly hard core.".

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