Children and young people's environments

There is growing interest in the role of the neighbourhood context in determining the health and life chances of children and adolescents and increasing policy attention.  Our work includes an exploration of the food environment around schools, for example:

Do food outlets cluster around secondary schools?

We have examined the distribution of food outlets around secondary schools and found evidence of clustering of food outlets around schools but a more complex picture in relation to deprivation was observed. Across all schools there were numerous opportunities for pupils to purchase unhealthy foods locally (see Ellaway et al. 2012).

What foods do pupils like to eat?

In collaboration with the Glasgow Centre for Population Health, we have explored which food outlets are popular with pupils, the types of foods they purchase and whether food outlets are open at lunchtime or are promoting particular foods to pupils.

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