If you live within walking distance of McDonalds, KFC or Burger King, your children are more likely to be fat.
New evidence suggests that being within 0.6 miles (1km) of a fast food outlet plays havoc on youngsters’ waistlines.
But scientists at the University of the West of England (UWE) have been unable to conclude exactly why the link between the two exists.
The findings, which perhaps seem obvious, add to ‘existing evidence’ that shows neighbourhoods play an ‘important role’ in the development of obesity.
It is also the first study to show an association between accessibility to fast food outlets and weight gain over time.