Urban sprawl is quite literally sickening according to researchers at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital, who found obesity and diabetes rates are higher in suburban areas that discourage walking.

Most suburban communities around the world encourage car use and discourage walking. In addition to being bad for the environment, the unhealthiness of spread-out, car-dependent neighbourhoods was clearly spelled out in a new study by the St. Michael’s Hospital researchers. While Canada is facing an obesity epidemic, scientists from the…