Elevators have been around since the 1960s.
Now, it seems the most common method of getting to the top of an elevator is by taking a cab.
What you might not know is that in the United States, more than 20% of the population lives in a low-income household, according to the National Association of Home Builders.
“If you live in a neighborhood that is at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder, you have an elevated risk of obesity and the metabolic syndrome,” said Richard P. Buss, executive director of the National Alliance of Low-Income Housing Authorities, which represents low- and moderate-income housing.
Many of the low-to-moderate-income homes in the U.S. are in areas that are either heavily or severely impacted by the housing crisis.
In fact, one-third of low- to moderate-wage workers live in places that are considered “at-risk” for a health crisis, according the National Low Income Housing Coalition.
According to the Census Bureau, about 20% to 30% of U. S. households have an income below 200% of median income.
In order to get to the highest floor of a building, it takes at least three people to get from one floor to the next.
In the case of an elevated elevator, that could be the entire elevator shaft.
As it turns out, an elevator shaft can be a powerful deterrent to obesity.
A study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, found that obese people who live in apartments in buildings with elevators were 33% more likely to have a BMI greater than 30.
Another study from the same group found that those who live with elevator-free apartments were 15% more than those who lived in apartments that had elevators.
The researchers concluded that elevators could have an impact on health by increasing the risk of being overweight or obese.
That’s not to say elevators are bad.
In a study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, researchers found that elevating a building’s floors led to improvements in health and wellbeing.
But the study also showed that elevations were linked to significant negative health outcomes.
The study concluded that the elevated floors may increase the risk for: A. Metabolic syndrome, which can increase risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Diabetes, which increases the risk in those with type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance.
Coronavirus infections, which increase the risks of hospitalizations and death.