Living Near Fast Food Ups Stroke Risk

According to a new study presented at this year’s American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference, people who live in communities full of fast-food restaurants are more likely to have a stroke. Researchers examined stroke data on residents of Nueces County, Texas, where fast food restaurants are heavily concentrated, between January 1, 2000 and June 2003, and discovered stroke risk was 13% higher and risk increased 1% for each fast-food place in a neighborhood; Reuters reports.

Don’t forget. In December, it was determined students whose school is within walking distance of fast food restaurants are less likely to eat fruits and vegetables and more likely to drink soda and be obese.

Okay, hopefully you don’t need reasons not to eat fast food, but in case you’ve had a stroke and forgot, fast food has been linked to organ damage and its packed with trans-fat and lots of salt. Yuck!

Image credit: Phil Dragash

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Natalie - February 20, 2009 4:03 PM

But we have to remember that the area in Texas is only highly populated with Fast Food restaurants due to demand from the local population.

Perhaps when the Government steps up and declares Fast Food more dangerous than smoking we will see changes, I hope it happens in my lifetime!

McBloggenstein - February 21, 2009 10:05 AM

Natalie, I think the existence of any fast food restaurant anywhere is because of demand, but recognizing that doesn't change the fact that the people that encourage their prevalence by eating there have higher incidence of health problems.

Sara - February 21, 2009 5:15 PM

Fast food produces disease only if you eat it. It's not the proximity- it's putting it in your mouth.

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