America’s Unhealthy Car Commutes

 

From Forbes.com:

You might have heard that your commute is killing you. But it’s not the doughnut and jumbo-sized coffee you’ve been downing every morning that’s doing it.

What’s really taking a toll on your health is the polluted air you’re breathing, lengthy traffic delays and dodging accidents to and from work. Even as the stress mounts, we put up with it, since most of us can’t afford to or don’t want to live near our offices.

“It’s a lifestyle choice,” says David Rizzo, author of Survive the Drive! How to Beat Freeway Traffic in Southern California. “We put our health second. To have a big house, we’re willing to put up with smog and a big drive. We sacrifice our longevity for short-term gains.”

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