It’s no surprise that there’s a correlation between rates of people driving to work and higher rates of obesity, but GOOD has created a fun new graphic that shows it in an interesting way. This map of the US shows rates of walking, biking, and taking transit to work alongside obesity rates. Since DC is compared to more spread out states, we obviously come in first place in the walking/biking/transit commute rates, and we’re third lowest (behind super-active Colorado and Connecticut) in statewide obesity rates.
The typical caveat applies here: when DC is compared to states the results should be taken with a grain of salt. Virtually any dense city would beat out statewide averages in terms of rates of taking non-motorized transportation to work. And we shouldn’t pat ourselves on the back too much– there’s still a lot of work to be done to reduce obesity in DC. While overall the District may be considered healthy and active, the obesity rates in Wards 7 and 8 are nearly double the District average (and much worse than the national average).
But still, next time you’re stuck walking up a broken Metro escalator, remind yourself that it’s keeping you fit!