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Health Place. 2008 Jun;14(2):336-46. Epub 2007 Aug 9.

US secondary schools and food outlets.

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  • 1College of Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL 60612, USA. szenk@uic.edu

Abstract

We examined the availability of fast food restaurants and convenience stores within walking distance (0.5 miles or 805 m) of US public secondary schools. We found that one-third of schools nationwide have at least one fast food restaurant or convenience store within walking distance. In multivariate analyses, schools in the lowest-income versus the highest-income neighborhoods have more fast food restaurants and convenience stores, while schools in African-American versus White neighborhoods generally have fewer food outlets. Furthermore, urban neighborhoods with a high school versus no secondary school have more food outlets. Curbing the obesity epidemic among adolescents requires addressing the food environment surrounding schools.

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