Fast Food & Obesity

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Fast food restaurants are getting very common day by day. They are getting opened at every corners of the major cities. Even the small cities are becoming their home. The only factor is their demand.
Overall, the study suggests that proximity to fast food significantly increases the risk of obesity. One possible explanation is that proximity to fast food reduces the costs of fast food, principally travel costs. A second explanation is that easier access to fast food tempts consumers who have self-control problems. The fact that the effects are larger for teens and fall off more quickly with distance suggests that travel costs are more important for teens than for pregnant women.
The policy implications of these findings are potentially important. There should be, "policies restricting access to fast food near schools could have significant effects on obesity among school children, but similar policies restricting the availability of fast food in residential areas are unlikely to have large effects on adults."



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