Do obesity-promoting food environments cluster around socially disadvantaged schools in Glasgow, Scotland?

Anne Ellaway, Laura Macdonald, Karen Lamb, Lukar Thornton, Peter Day, Jamie Pearce

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Abstract

Increase in the consumption of food and drinks outside the home by adolescents and young people and associations with rising levels of obesity is a significant concern worldwide and it has been suggested that the food environment around schools may be a contributory factor. As few studies have explored this issue in a UK setting, we examined whether different types of food outlets are clustered around public secondary schools in Glasgow, and whether this pattern differed by social disadvantage. We found evidence of clustering of food outlets around schools but a more complex picture in relation to deprivation was observed. Across all schools there were numerous opportunities for pupils to purchase energy dense foods locally and the implications for policy are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1335-40
Number of pages6
JournalHealth & Place
Volume18
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012

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