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Most popular post today: Living large—and healthy—on the bike

Most popular post today: Living large—and healthy—on the bike

Photo: Brian Wilkins As Chelsea Lincoln pedaled up a hill one day, partway through her seven mile commute, someone cruised by in a car, yelling: "You're fat!" "The irony of the situation," she told me in an email, "was ridiculous." The relationship between bicycling and health -- and driving and ill-health -- has been demonstrated many times over . The promotion of bicycling and bicycle-friendly streets has become integral to a number of high-profile public health efforts aimed at mitigating what is widely termed to be an American "obesity epidemic." Lincoln, a graduate student in Portland, Ore., rejects the term "obesity," along with the negative stereotypes and focus on weight loss that come with it, and prefers to say "bigger bodied" or, though she says many don't understand it, "fat." She's just starting to ride again after an injury forced a long hiatus, but in the pa...

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