Data Strengthens Existing Links Between Fast Food Restaurants and Obesity
Researchers found that countries with a higher density of fast food restaurants per capita had much higher obesity rates compared to those with a lower density of fast food restaurants.
Online, January 22, 2012 (Newswire.com) - University of Michigan researchers recently released reported a correlation between the number of fast food restaurants and obesity rates in 26 wealthy nations. They found that countries with a higher density of fast food restaurants per capita had much higher obesity rates compared to those with a lower density of fast food restaurants.
The U.S., with 7.52 fast food restaurants per 100,000 people, leads the way with an obesity rate exceeding 31 percent; Canada has 7.43 fast food restaurants per 100,000 people and an obesity rate of about 23 percent. As the per capita number of fast food restaurants declines, so do obesity rates.
Lead researcher Roberto De Vogli said, "Obesity research largely overlooks the global market forces behind the epidemic. In my opinion the public debate is too much focused on individual genetics and other individual factors, and overlooks the global forces in society that are shaping behaviors worldwide."
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