Location of food stores near schools does not predict the weight status of maine high school students

Auteur(s) :
Harris DE., Blum JW., Bampton M.
Date :
Juil, 2011
Source(s) :
Adresse :
College of Nursing and Health Professions, University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME 04104, USA. deharris@usm.maine.edu

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OBJECTIVE: To examine the relationship between stores selling calorie-dense food near schools and student obesity risk, with the hypothesis that high availability predicts increased risk.

METHODS: Mail surveys determined height, weight, and calorie-dense food consumption for 552 students at 11 Maine high schools. Driving distance from all food stores within 2 km (1.24 miles) of schools (or the closest store) was computed, and the impact of food store density and proximity to schools on student body mass index was determined by logistic regression.

RESULTS: Ten schools had ≥ 1 store selling soda, and 8 schools had ≥1 fast-food restaurant within 1 km (0.62 miles). There were no significant relationships between the proximity or density of food stores around schools and student obesity risk. Students obtained sugar-sweetened beverages in many locations including at school.

CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS: Unhealthful food choices are ubiquitous. Consequently, stores selling these food items near schools have no significant affect on student obesity

Source : Pubmed