Takeaway study is food for thought

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People who live or work near takeaways eat more junk food and are almost twice as likely to be obese as those who have none on their doorstep, according to a study conducted in Cambridgeshire.

Researchers found consumers who are most tempted by takeaways and fast food eat an extra 40g of high calorie food - the same as half a small serving of McDonald's fries - every week compared with those who stay away.

The study suggests working near a fast food place or takeaway caused the biggest problems, closely followed by them being sited near the home.

The research, published online in the British Medical Journal, is the first UK study to combine data from home, work and commuting, and involved 5,442 adults from Cambridgeshire.