Efforts to limit fast-food near homes need rethinking, Northeastern researcher says

Amid an obesity epidemic in the United States, you may have heard of efforts to eliminate “food deserts,” or areas with few healthy food options, and limit fast-food chains near where people live.

But research from Northeastern University suggests a new approach.

“Most of the fast food in this country is consumed far away from home,” says Esteban Moro, professor at the Network Science Institute at Northeastern University. “This means that if we want to address the problem of unhealthy foods in our diet, we should be talking about what happens when we leave home.”

“Effect of mobile food environments on fast food visits” was published March 14 in the journal Nature Communications.

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