Fast-food restaurants located near schools have a negative effect on students' health, a new study reports.

Researchers examined the relationship between fast-food restaurants located near (within one half mile of) schools and obesity among middle and high school students in California. Using geo-coded data on more than 500,000 youths, the study found that students with fast-food restaurants near their schools (1) consumed fewer servings of fruits and vegetables, (2) consumed more servings of soda and (3) were more likely to be overweight or obese.


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