Corner Stores and Fat Kids

Urban convenience stores are being further linked to childhood obesity after the release of a new study from Temple University.
January 21, 2010, 5am PST | Nate Berg
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"A study by Temple University's Center for Obesity Research and Education revealed that for a "little more than a dollar" city kids can walk into a typical corner store and fill up with 350 calories of low-nutrition junk, and for many, it has become a way of life and gateway to obesity.

Brianna Almaguer Sandoval of The Food Trust in Philadelphia said that in low-income neighborhoods, finding a source of nutritious food can be difficult, particularly for young people who lack transportation to supermarkets located outside poorer communities, which some have dubbed 'supermarket deserts.'"

Research indicates that for the majority of these corners stores and convenience marts, healthy and fresh food options make up as little as 11% of stocks.

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Published on Friday, January 15, 2010 in Miller-McCune
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