Access may determine teens' intake of soda, fast food

07/28/2011 | United Press International

California teens whose residence or school was near fast-food restaurants, convenience stores, liquor stores, dollar stores and pharmacies were 17% more likely to consume soft drinks and and 18% more likely to consume fast food at least twice per week compared with those whose house or school was near healthier food outlets such as farmers markets and grocery stores, a study found. Researchers noted that almost 75% of the teens lived or went to school in neighborhoods with less-healthy food outlets.

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