Obesity is an epidemic in America, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
"You can't go from point A to point B without taking a break," said Fayetteville weight loss specialist Sandy Hamilton.
The study by analysts in St. Louis claims people who commute more than 15-miles to work each day are more likely to be obese, and have extra belly fat and high blood pressure.
"We're not an active society," said one woman. "I don't think one thing has to do with the other," said a man. "I think it is more of an excuse," said another woman.
Weight loss specialist Sandy Hamilton with Metabolic Research in Fayetteville says being behind the wheel longer can hinder your health. "They are using drive thrus and eating out more," said Hamilton.
But Hamilton recommends working around your drive as best you can to put the brakes on obesity.
"Preplan meals on the weekend. Get up earlier. Park further away when you get to your destination," said Hamilton. "I think it is more of an excuse. Because if you want to be healthy and you want to cook things that are good for you instead of going out for fast food then you'll find time to do that," said one woman.
The study surveyed more than 4,000 people and is the first to ever link obesity to longer commutes.