Diabetes directly linked to local fast-food outlets

This kind of research comes out every six months or so now and it always says the same thing no matter how you try to skin it; the more takeaway outlets in an area, the higher the rates of disease. 

“We found that the number of fast-food outlets in a person’s neighbourhood was associated with an increased risk of screen-detected type 2 diabetes and obesity”
Professor Kamlesh Khunti, University of Leicester, November 2014. 

“The observed association between the number of fast-food outlets with obesity and type 2 diabetes does not come as a surprise; fast-food is high in total fat, trans-fatty acids and sodium, portion sizes have increased two to fivefold over the last 50 years and a single fast-food meal provides approximately 1,400 calories”
Dr Patrice Carter, University of Leicester, November 2014. 

What did the study find? 

  • “Every additional two fast-food outlets in a neighbourhood leads to an extra expected case of diabetes” 
  • “Diabetes and obesity rates in inner cities can be linked to the number of fast-food outlets near people’s homes” 

Study by Professor Kamlesh Khunti, Dr Patrice Carter and colleagues at the University of Leicester as based on the living environment of over 10,000 people in the UK, as published in Public Health Nutrition and released on World Diabetes Day, November 2014. As reported by The Guardian on Tuesday 11 November 2014.

Posted: Wednesday 3 December 2014