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New study finds that all four major chains of fast food outlets are concentrated in poorer areas.

Fast Food Study

posted on: Jan 19, 2007

An MRC team looked at the location of all 2,535 branches of McDonald's, Burger King, KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants in England and Scotland. In England all four chains were more likely to be found in the very poorest fifth of areas, while in Scotland they were more likely to be found in the second poorest fifth of areas. Dr Steve Cummins (an ex PhD student and post doc in the Unit, now an MRC Fellow at Queen Mary Univesrity London) said; Easy access to fast foods that may be lower in price than healthier options a bus ride away, could influence peoples' dietary choices. Making unhealthy choices the easy choices in economically deprived areas may fuel the rise in obesity in those places, and the health problems that follow'



Neighbourhood fast food environment and area deprivation-substitution or concentration?

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