This might not come as a surprise, but there is now scientific proof that driving to work makes you fat. Boom, tsjrrr.
Dr Ellen Flint and Steven Cummins looked at the BMI and percentage of body fat of almost 150.000 British men and women aged between 40 and 59. They also looked at how people get to work. What they found is that people who cycle to work, on average, weigh 5kg less than people who drive to work. They also found that taking public transport makes you less fat.
Flint and Cummings further show that the effect can’t be explained by income, area deprivation, urban or rural residence, education, alcohol intake, smoking, leisure physical activity, recreational walking, occupational physical activity, general health, and limiting illness or disability.
Of course, this study is correlational. It means that we can’t be 100% percent sure that changing the way you travel will directly and immediately affect your body weight. The next step would be, for all of us to get out of the car and monitor our weight.