Study shows fast-food outlets in inner city neighbourhoods fuel diabetes and obesity epidemic

Posted by ap507 at Nov 11, 2014 09:00 AM |
New study led by University reveals that there is twice the number of fast-food outlets in inner city neighbourhoods with high density non-white ethnic minority groups and in socially deprived areas

How close you are to fast-food outlets may be linked to your risk of Type-2 diabetes and obesity a new study led by the University has discovered.

The research, which has been published in Public Health Nutrition, found that there was a higher number of fast-food outlets within 500 metres of inner-city neighbourhoods described as non-white as well as in socially deprived areas.

The researchers warn that their findings, based on a study of over 10,000 people, have important implications for diabetes prevention and for those granting planning permission for  fast-food outlets. 

The research, which has been published ahead of World Diabetes Day on 14 November, was carried out by a team from the University of Leicester’s Diabetes Research Centre, Department of Health Sciences and Department of Geography in collaboration with  the Leicester Diabetes Centre based at Leicester General Hospital. The Leicester Diabetes Centre is an alliance between the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (Leicester’s Hospitals), the University of Leicester, the local community and Primary Care.

Professor Melanie Davies and Professor Kamlesh Khunti (pictured), Co-Directors of the Department have been conducting one of the largest screening studies with south Asian patients. The data from this study has also helped with recommendations for the NHS Health Checks Programme.