In a study conducted by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the School of Architecture, researchers found that participants who live in suburban "sprawling communities" faced greater risks for obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.
The study looked at the walking habits of 400 Cuban immigrants in Miami-Dade County. Dr. Jose Szapocznik, principal investigator and chair of public health sciences, believes the results from this sample can apply to the community as a whole.
"One of the things we're saying here is that extending the urban boundary is bad for the health of the residents of Miami-Dade County," Dr. Szapocznik explains.
The researchers plan to bring the results of the study to the attention of county officials to inform future future community planning.