Enemy at the Gates

More than a third of middle and high schools nationwide sit within a half-mile of a fast-food outlet or convenience store, says a University of Illinois study. The trend is especially prevalent in large cities, where two thirds of secondary schools had at least one fast food restaurant within walking distance, and more than half had a c-store.

To conduct the study, researchers mapped the locations of more than 31,000 middle and high schools and coordinated them with the locations of 1

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