OTTAWA, May 12 (Xinhuanet) -- A new
study in Canada's Ontario Province found that death rates in areas with the
highest concentration of quick-service restaurants were twice as high as those
in places with fewer fast food outlets, local press reported Thursday.
|A new study found that death rates in areas
with the highest concentration of quick-service restaurants were twice as
high as those in places with fewer fast food
The study found that heart attack hospitalization
rates were about 11.5 times higher in the areas with high density of quick
service restuarants. A high-density region was considered to have 20 or more
eateries per 100,000 population.
"We've found an important link between the number of
fast-food outlets in a region and the rate of heart disease and mortality in
that region," said Dr. David Alter, lead author of the study by Canada's
Institute for Clinical and Evaluative Sciences (ICES).
The study also looked at differences based on
socioeconomic status, but the association between fast-food density and poor
health outcomes held fast, Alter said. "It was the same whether these were
affluent communities or impoverished communities."
Stephen Samis, director of health policy for the
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, agreed on the importance of continuing to
remind Canadians to eat a healthy and balanced diet.
However, the Canadian Restaurant and Food services
Association called the research flawed and misleading. Enditem