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Fast food outlets cluster around schools

New CRESH research has found that fast food outlets tend to cluster around schools. The work published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine demonstrated that fast food vendors are five times more likely to cluster around New Zealand schools than in other areas. Using data from four cities, the authors found that outlets are also more likely to be situated in poorer neighbourhoods. The results suggest that the geographical distribution of fast food outlets may be one factor in explaining the increase in obesity rates amongst youths, and its social distribution.

The work has been covered in the New Zealand media. See:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/4575897/Schools-out-and-the-junk-foods-in

 

The academic paper can be found here:

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2010.10.018