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People living near fast food outlets more likely to develop heart disease, study shows

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k1800 (Published 24 April 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1800
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London, UK

People living in urban areas with one or more fast food outlets within 1 km of their home are significantly more likely to develop cardiovascular disease (CVD) and coronary heart disease (CHD) than those living in areas with no fast food outlets, a nationwide study in the Netherlands has reported.1

The availability of fast food—which generally consists of processed meat and refined carbohydrates and is high in salt, saturated fat, and calories—has increased dramatically in European countries over the past few years. Previous studies looking at links between the density of fast food outlets and heart disease have shown mixed results but …

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