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How come Parisians, in particular, are so not overweight?

Eating less, but better?  Smoking?  Social pressure?

Maybe all of the above – but I think it’s more because of this … exquisitely illustrated in a sweet little video:

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Because the Metro is just below the surface, there aren’t a lot of escalators, mainly just short flights of stairs.  And because the system is so extensive, where lines frequently cross each other, Metro users spend a lot of time walking between stations.  Add it all up: a lot of calories.

Same in New York City:

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And speaking of walking, it’s time to take advantage of Walk 21 – the international conference on walking and liveable commuities – coming to Vancouver October 3-5.  Find out more and sign up here.