- Childhood obesity is one of the biggest global health concerns
- Kids living close to fast food restaurants are more likely to gain weight
- The study will be published in the Journal of Public Health
The new study points out that children who live close to fast food restaurants are more likely to gain weight. Through their study, they have discovered a link between accessibility to fast food outlets and weight gain over time. For the study, the team tracked the weight of more than 1,500 state primary school pupils between the age of four and 11.
The findings revealed that children who lived closer to fast food outlets were more likely to gain a significant amount of weight between the first and last year of primary school. The study will be published in the Journal of Public Health. To reach these results, the team calculated a “fast food accessibility score” for each and every child that participated in the study by taking into consideration the number of fast food outlets that were located within about half a mile of their homes.
The researchers conclude that the study focuses on the the role that the local food environment plays and how it can affect the diet of young children.