People who live in the most spread-out areas spend fewer minutes each month walking and weigh about 6 pounds more on average than those who live in the most densely populated places. Probably as a result, they are almost as prone to high blood pressure as cigarette smokers, researchers found.
"There are lots of other reasons why we should work to contain sprawl," said study leader Reid Ewing of the University of Maryland's National Center for Smart Growth. "This could be another important reason."
Wrong! You shouldn't work to contain sprawl; just to discourage it. Containment implies coercion, the restriction of people's liberty to choose to live in sprawl or not. Nobody has the right to tell me I can't do this solely because it's bad for my health. Perhaps there are other health benefits that offset this disadvantage, like the benefit of living near my family and having a peaceful yard to work and play in. Perhaps I find the lower crime rate of my community to be an important health benefit. Perhaps there are other non-health related benefits that I find to be worth the tradeoff. That's nobody's business but my own.
Honestly, is there some reason the response to every problem has to be, "There oughtta be a law!"?