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People with more fast food outlets near their home more likely to develop heart disease

People with more fast food outlets near their home are more likely to develop heart disease, according to research published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a European Society of Cardiology (ESC) journal.

Dr. Maartje Poelman, study author and assistant professor at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, said: “The number of fast food outlets has been increasing over the past several decades, selling food that is high in salt, saturated fat, refined carbohydrates, and calories. These types of foods are associated with cardiovascular disease.”
The study, which was conducted in the Global Geo Health Data Centre at Utrecht University, examined whether individuals living close to a higher number of fast food outlets also have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease…