It turns out that higher gas prices may have one positive side-effect. According to research from a doctoral dissertation by someone at Washington University in St. Louis, higher gas prices leads to less U.S. obesity.
$1 in real gasoline prices would reduce obesity in the U.S. by 15%
after five years, and that 13% of the rise in obesity between 1979 and
2004 can be attributed to falling real gas prices during this period. I
also provide evidence that the effect occurs both by increasing
exercise and by lowering the frequency with which people eat at