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McMansions increase obesity, says expert

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September 3rd, 2006

Addressing an international conference in Sydney today, Monash University professor Paul Zimmet said “these ugly dwellings” had been developed across entire residential blocks with no attention to pavements, bike paths, playing fields or exercise areas.

Professor Zimmet, director of the university’s International Diabetes Institute, told more than 2000 delegates to the International Congress on Obesity that the obesity pandemic was as big a threat as global warming and bird flu.

“This insidious, creeping pandemic of obesity is now engulfing the entire world, led by affluent western nations, whose physical activity and dietary habits are regrettably being adopted by developing nations,” Prof Zimmet said.

He said the problem needed urgent solutions – not just widespread changes to diet and exercise but the rethinking of national policies on urban and social planning, agriculture policy, education, transport and other areas.

“In particular, have our state and local governments inadvertently contributed to this epidemic by permitting property developers to give us urban social problems, most noticeably manifest in the ubiquitous McMansion,” he said in his opening address to the conference.

Source : http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,20345319-1702,00.html

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