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People in unsafe communities more likely to be overweight | (UPI) -- People who reported living in an unsafe neighborhood were more likely to be overweight, new research has found.

A survey of more than 2,800 Missourians revealed those who perceived their communities as unsafe and unpleasant were overweight one and a half times more often than others.

In addition, participants who said they did not have access to running tracks, basketball and tennis courts, and swimming pools were more likely to be on the chubby side.

"This study suggests that changing communities by making them safer and offering people access to community parks, public recreation facilities, and walking and biking trails may help reduce the prevalence of overweight by promoting physical activity and healthy lifestyles," said Ross Brownson, chair of community health at Saint Louis University.

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