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ERIC Number: EJ929210
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1499-4046
Location of Food Stores Near Schools Does Not Predict the Weight Status of Maine High School Students
Harris, David E.; Blum, Janet Whatley; Bampton, Matthew; O'Brien, Liam M.; Beaudoin, Christina M.; Polacsek, Michele; O'Rourke, Karen A.
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, v43 n4 p274-278 Jul-Aug 2011
Objective: To examine the relationship between stores selling calorie-dense food near schools and student obesity risk, with the hypothesis that high availability predicts increased risk. Methods: Mail surveys determined height, weight, and calorie-dense food consumption for 552 students at 11 Maine high schools. Driving distance from all food stores within 2 km (1.24 miles) of schools (or the closest store) was computed, and the impact of food store density and proximity to schools on student body mass index was determined by logistic regression. Results: Ten schools had greater than or equal to 1 store selling soda, and 8 schools had greater than or equal to 1 fast-food restaurant within 1 km (0.62 miles). There were no significant relationships between the proximity or density of food stores around schools and student obesity risk. Students obtained sugar-sweetened beverages in many locations including at school. Conclusions and Implications: Unhealthful food choices are ubiquitous. Consequently, stores selling these food items near schools have no significant affect on student obesity. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Maine