Study Shows That If You Shop Daily, You Live Longer


Grocery in Nanjing; CC Image credit Ginnerobot

We have made the case that small fridges make good cities; now a new study indicates that small fridges make healthier people.

A study in Taiwan found that old people who get out and shop every day are 27% less likely to die over a ten year period than those who shop once a week.Livescience speculates on the reasons:

It's possible that shopping itself could improve health by ensuring a good supply of food for a healthy diet, ensuring exercise by walking around, and providing social interaction and companionship in the form of shopping buddies, the study said.

"Shopping captures several dimensions of personal well-being, health and security as well as contributing to the community's cohesiveness and economy and may represent or actually confer increased longevity," researchers wrote in the study.

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Yet another reason to live in walkable communities instead of driving to the Walmart and filling up the doublewide fridge once a week. From the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
More on shopping daily:
IDS07: Small Fridges Make Good Cities
Designing a Kitchen Without a Fridge
Small Fridges Make Good Cities: Oprah Tours Fridges in Copenhagen

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