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

Ellaway, A. , Macdonald, L., Lamb, K., Thornton, L., Day, P. and Pearce, J. (2012) Do obesity-promoting food environments cluster around socially disadvantaged schools in Glasgow, Scotland? Health and Place, 18(6), pp. 1335-1340. (doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2012.06.001)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2012.06.001

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.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ellaway, Dr Anne and Lamb, Dr Karen and MacDonald, Mrs Laura
Authors: Ellaway, A., Macdonald, L., Lamb, K., Thornton, L., Day, P., and Pearce, J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO Unit
Journal Name:Health and Place
ISSN:1353-8292
ISSN (Online):1873-2054

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