Drivers are fat and unhealthy

So says the results of an Australian study that found an association between the amount of time spent behind the wheel and a host of poor health behaviours and outcomes.

In a cross-sectional survey of more than 40,000 drivers aged 47–75, researchers from the University of Sydney found those who drive for two hours or more per day are more likely to smoke, to be obese, to drink more than two standard alcoholic drinks a day and to be less physically active. They are also more likely to be stressed, sleep-deprived, have poorer self-rated health and quality of life.

“We found a dose-response relationship between driving time and a clustering of health risk behaviours, particularly smoking, physical inactivity, and insufficient sleep.

“The more time people spent driving, the greater their odds of having poor health