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Kids who live close to fast food places are more often overweight

There has been a lot of concern about the obesity epidemic and the association of this problem with eating junk food. A new study implies a close association between being overweight and eating junk food is significant by pointing out that kids who live close to fast food places are more likely to be overweight, reported the University of East Anglia in a press release on Feb. 14, 2014.

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According to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR), kids who live in areas which are surrounded by fast food outlets are more likely to be overweight or obese. A consideration of fast food outlets included availability of unhealthy food from fish and chip shops, burger bars, pizza places, and sweet shops. This is a significant finding in view of the fact that being overweight or obese can lead to childhood diabetes, low self-esteem, and orthopaedic and cardiovascular problems.

This research has been published in the journal Health and Place. The researchers found in a large sample of English children, the prevalence of increased weight status is positively associated with the presence of fast food and other unhealthy food outlets close to where they live. An association in the opposite direction was observed with food outlets selling healthy foods. It was further found there was a greater number of unhealthy food outlets located in more deprived areas. An awareness of this situation should help with the focus of public health initiatives aimed at fighting weight problems in kids.

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