Multivariate regression models was used to estimate associations between adolescent obesity and proximity of fast-food restaurants to schools for over 500,000 youths in California. The researchers found that students with fast-food restaurants within one half mile of their schools (1) consumed fewer servings of fruits and vegetables, (2) consumed more servings of soda, and (3) were more likely to be overweight or obese than were youths whose schools were not near fast-food restaurants. Exposure to poor-quality food environments has important effects on adolescent eating patterns and overweight. Policy interventions limiting the proximity of fast-food restaurants to schools could help reduce adolescent obesity. See also:

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