This article examines the relationship between stores selling calorie-dense foods near schools and student risk of being overweight or obese. Based on survey and geographic information systems (GIS) data for 11 Main high schools, researchers found ten schools with at least one store selling soda, and eight schools with at least one fast-food restaurant, within one kilometer of the school. Neither the proximity of stores selling food near schools nor the number of these stores around schools significantly predicted the likelihood of a student being overweight or obese.
Published: July 2011
ID #: 57920
Journal: J Nutr Educ Behav
Authors: Harris DE, Blum JW, Bampton M, et al
Age Group: Adolescents (grades 9 to 12)
Resource Type: Journal Article
Impact of Maine’s State-Wide Rule on High School Nutrition Environments and Students’ Dietary BehaviorsMaine’s Chapter 51 rule represents one of the strongest current state-wide school nutrition standards in the country. Study aims: 1) examine effects of Chapter 51, on high school nutrition policies, environments and revenues and on high school student dietary behaviors; and 2) examine the influence of proximity and density of non-school food venues on high More