A new study published in the British Medical Journal suggests that even walking past fast-food outlets is linked with an increased risk of putting on weight.
The study was conducted by researchers at University of Cambridge who looked into the link between being exposed to fast-food outlets and eating takeaway foods, Body Mass Index and likelihood of being overweight.
They found that people who had a greater access to takeaway food were more likely to becoming obese. They also found that people were exposed to an average of 32 outlets when combining home and work neighborhoods and commuting routes.
"Those most exposed to takeaway food outlets overall were nearly twice as likely to be obese, compared to those least exposed. Our research suggests that policies to make our neighborhood more healthy by restricting access to takeaway food might be successful", lead researcher Dr Thomas Burgoine said.