Living near fast food has a greater impact on younger children who attend neighborhood schools. Proximity to fast food restaurants increases the probability of childhood obesity or overweight.

Document Type

Research Brief


childhood obesity, fast food, proximity


Food Studies | Place and Environment




The authors would like to thank the New York City Department of Education, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and especially Zac McDermott, Joanna, Rae Bailey, Meryle Weinstein, and Jeremy Sze, for providing data and support. We also thank seminar participants at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, and the Urban Economics Association. The authors also thank Shannon Monnat and Megan Ray for edits on an earlier version of this brief.


National Institute of Health

Funding ID

R01HD070739, R01DK097347, R01DK108682-01

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