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Children living near fast food outlets in England are more likely to be overweight, study shows

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 14 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1557
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Children living in areas surrounded by fast food outlets are more likely to be overweight or obese, an England-wide study has shown.

Researchers analysed data from the National Child Measurement Programme, which records the height and weight of one million children at most English state schools each year. The study compared two years of weight data on children (2007-08 and 2009-10) with the availability of unhealthy food outlets in …

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