Mayor: cars made Detroit fat

From Reuters, via the Chicago Critical Mass list:

“It’s probably something to do with the culture,” [Mayor Kwame] Kilpatrick told local journalists, when asked about a report that Detroit had passed Houston to take the title as America’s fattest city.

“We’re not a walking city,” Kilpatrick said, adding that this was because Detroit is “the automotive capital of the world.”

Detroit’s international auto show, the industry’s biggest yearly event and a celebration of all things automotive, opens on Sunday.

I read through the Men’s Fitness cover story in 2002, when Chicago was declared second fattest. Compared to the Men’s Health copycat cover, the Men’s Fitness story is not only the better researched of the two (which is not to say that the methodology couldn’t be a lot better); it also offers much more pertinent recommendations. Men’s Fitness recommends that cities install bike racks, bike lanes, and bus bike racks to fight obesity — whereas Men’s Health recommends that guys get computer voice recognition software and eat cinnamon. Umm, sure. That’ll help. The latter recommendations absolve government of any responsibility for people’s health, which, I suppose, might help to sell health-related magazines.