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Food Swamps Predict Obesity Rates Better Than Food Deserts in the United States
A study of US counties published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found that food swamps offered 4 unhealthy food options for every healthy alternative, and showed a closer link to obesity than a sheer lack of grocery stores. But supermarkets alone haven’t patched up the problem—2011 research showed proximity to food shops didn’t lead to better overall diet.  University of Connecticut food swamp researchers recommended zoning restrictions that reduce fast-food options and increase the number of grocery stores in tandem.
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