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9/17/04-Tyler

Tyler = Fat City

Are Tyler's beautiful neighborhoods, congested traffic and numerous restaurants making you fat? Absolutely, according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health.

A Boston researcher named Tyler, Texas one of 5 metropolitan areas that aren't conducive for healthy living and Tylerites believe it, mainly because they are slaves to the road.

"I have to have a car," says one Tyler resident.

"It makes sense. Seems like more and more everyday we are working or driving or doing nothing," says another Tyler resident.

"Traffic is horrendous," says another.

According to dietician Allison Adams, suburban communities were created to make families more healthy, but somewhere along the way the plan backfired.

"Families aren't getting out and walking as much. Children watch TV and are not exercising as much," says Allison.

According to US Census figures from 2000, researchers found people in Tyler live too far apart from one another and from the places they need to go. As a result people aren't working out or even walking enough.

"You are constantly on the go with your children, you are taking them to different sports they're in," says one Tyler mom.

So what's the solution?

Allison Adams says to just make a few simple changes.

"Move away from your desk, park you car further away and remember it doesn't need to be continuous activity, just five minutes here and there because that adds up."

Taking those extra steps might just change Tyler from a fat city to a thin one. The other fat cities on the list: Dolan, Alabama, Raleigh and Chapel Hill, North Carolina and the greater Atlanta area.

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