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Fried chicken and fresh apples: racial segregation as a fundamental cause of fast food density in black neighborhoods.
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PMID:  17576089     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
As rates of overweight and obesity have surged in the US, researchers have turned attention to the environmental context of diet and disparities in access to healthful foods. Despite evidence that Black neighborhoods are disproportionately exposed to fast food, few explanations have been advanced to illuminate explanatory mechanisms. This paper contends that race-based residential segregation is a fundamental cause of fast food density in Black neighborhoods. Segregation's effects on population and economic characteristics, physical infrastructure, and social processes work in tandem to increase the likelihood that Black neighborhoods in urban environments will bear a disproportionate burden of fast food restaurants.
Naa Oyo A Kwate
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2007-04-24
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health & place     Volume:  14     ISSN:  1353-8292     ISO Abbreviation:  Health Place     Publication Date:  2008 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-10-29     Completed Date:  2008-01-08     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9510067     Medline TA:  Health Place     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  32-44     Citation Subset:  T    
Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, 722 W. 168th St., 9th Floor, New York, NY 10032, USA.
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MeSH Terms
African Americans*
Diet / adverse effects,  economics*,  ethnology
Food Habits / ethnology
Health Status Disparities*
Obesity* / ethnology,  etiology
Poverty Areas
Race Relations
Residence Characteristics
Restaurants / economics,  statistics & numerical data
United States / epidemiology
Urban Health

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