Neighbourhood fast food environment and area deprivation—substitution or concentration?

Macdonald, L. , Cummins, S. and Macintyre, S. (2007) Neighbourhood fast food environment and area deprivation—substitution or concentration? Appetite, 49(1), pp. 251-254. (doi:10.1016/j.appet.2006.11.004)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2006.11.004

Abstract

It has been hypothesised that deprived neighbourhoods have poorer quality food environments which may promote the development of obesity. We investigated associations between area deprivation and the location of the four largest fast-food chains in Scotland and England. We found statistically significant increases in density of outlets from more affluent to more deprived areas for each individual fast-food chain and all chains combined. These results provide support for a ‘concentration’ effect whereby plausible health-damaging environmental risk factors for obesity appear to be ‘concentrated’ in more deprived areas of England and Scotland.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Macintyre, Professor Sally and MacDonald, Mrs Laura
Authors: Macdonald, L., Cummins, S., and Macintyre, S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO Unit
Journal Name:Appetite
ISSN:0195-6663

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