Fast Food Location Determines Obesity

A recent study published in the British Medical Journal finds that obesity “may be determined by proximity to fast food establishments,” (Wisnewski).  The study consisted of researchers surveying over five thousand adults in England and asked the location of fast food restaurants in location to their way to work and home.  People with the most fast food restaurants in these locations were around twice as likely to be obese.  While this study is not conclusive it does show how much fast food impacts peoples’ weights.  If a fast food is located near someone’s home then they are susceptible to becoming obese.  The article does note that fast food locations do have healthier options too and that it is the consumer who decides to eat the unhealthy foods.  However, if a local healthy restaurant were in place of that fast food restaurant then maybe the consumer would eat the healthier food.

 

References

Wisnewski, Robert. “Fast Food Proximity Determines Obesity?.” Guardian: Liberty Voice. 16 Mar 2014: n. page. Print. <http://guardianlv.com/2014/03/fast-food-proximity-determines-obesity/>.