Could taking the bus make you skinnier than taking your bike or your car? A British study came to surprising results!
My First Car
Before I got my driver’s license taking the bus was my natural mode of getting from A to B. Either that or riding my bike, which wasn’t practical for longer routes or when time was in short supply.
It all changed when I got my first car. Just hop into the convenient vehicle right in front of the house and in the privacy of your own portable home go where you want to be whenever you feel like it.
It was my combined American and French revolution: independence, autonomy, liberty. Looking back it’s a wonder I didn’t call out a republic and design a flag.
Taking Your Car Is Worst
Back then I was skinny anyway, but given my later weight problem the car may not have been the best choice.
A British study compiled data from 15,777 people, recording what mode of transport they used, their BMI and their body fat percentage.
The results looked like this:
- The BMI of men using public transport was 1.43 points lower than the one of car drivers
- Women using bus and train had a BMI 0.94 points lower than their car-minded sisters
These BMI differences roughly translate into 7 lbs (3 kg) less weight for the men, and 5 lbs (2.5 kg) less for women. Both groups also had lower body fat than the “my vehicle is my castle” crowds.
…But The Bus Is Even Better Than A Bike?
But how this compare to taking a bike or walking? The study called this “active transport” and one would think that of all methods this makes you the slimmest. Not quite:
- Men riding bikes or walking had a BMI 1.41 points lower than car drivers, less than the 1.43 of public transport users
- For women, too, public transport scored better than active transport: -0.94 versus -0.86
What Does It Tell Us?
You can read the full study for free right over here. Maybe you find some answers to the questions it poses: why are public transport users slimmer than walkers or bikers? Why do men benefit from taking public transport more than women?
Questions over questions, but one thing is for sure: taking the car seems the worst way.
Picture courtesy of Eirik Newth.