Kids living near fast food outlets more likely to be obese [UK]

Author: Business Standard (UK), Published on: 14 February 2014

Children living in areas surrounded by fast food outlets are more likely to be overweight or obese, according to researchers from the University of East Anglia...The research looked at weight data from more than a million children in UK and compared it with the availability of unhealthy food from outlets including fish and chip shops, burger bars, pizza places, and sweet shops..."We found that the more unhealthy food outlets there are in a neighbourhood, the greater the number of overweight and obese children," said Professor Andy Jones, from UEA's Norwich Medical School, who led the research..."Public health policies to reduce obesity in children should incorporate strategies to prevent high concentrations of fast food and other unhealthy food outlets.

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