Grocery in Nanjing; CC Image credit Ginnerobot
by Lloyd Alter, Toronto
We have made the case that small fridges make good cities; now a new study indicates that small fridges make healthier people.
A study in Taiwan found that old people who get out and shop every day are 27% less likely to die over a ten year period than those who shop once a week.
Livescience speculates on the reasons:
It's possible that shopping itself could improve health by ensuring a good supply of food for a healthy diet, ensuring exercise by walking around, and providing social interaction and companionship in the form of shopping buddies, the study said.
"Shopping captures several dimensions of personal well-being, health and security as well as contributing to the community's cohesiveness and economy and may represent or actually confer increased longevity," researchers wrote in the study.
Yet another reason to live in walkable communities instead of driving to the Walmart and filling up the doublewide fridge once a week. From the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
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