Study Says There are More Reported Heart Attacks in Areas With More Fast Food Restaurants

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It’s no secret that regularly eating fast food probably isn’t the best dietary decision in the world. Now, a new study out of Australia shows a connection between the number of fast food restaurants in a town or city and the number of people who suffer from heart attacks.

The findings, recently presented at the annual Scientific Meeting of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ), state that areas containing a higher number of fast food restaurants report higher rates of heart attacks. According to researchers, for each additional fast food restaurant opened in the New South Wales area, there were four more heart attacks reported per 1,000 people annually.

“The findings were consistent across rural and metropolitan areas of New South Wales and after adjusting for age, obesity, high blood lipids, high blood pressure, smoking status, and diabetes. The results emphasize the importance of the food environment as a potential contributor towards health,” explains study author Tarunpreet Saluja in a release by the European Society of Cardiology.

Saluja would go on to say that despite the common knowledge that fast food is unhealthy, both consumption and availability continue to increase on a global scale.

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SOURCE: Study Finds, John Anderer