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Fast Food and stroke risk

  1. Feb 20, 2009 #1

    LowlyPion

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    I'm less certain about what is cause and effect, but the correlation is interesting.
    http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Diet/story?id=6914363&page=1

    Have the fast food places sited their pick-up windows where their market is, or is the statistical correlation a result of the siting of so many fast food places?

    13% looks to be somewhat notable.
     
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  3. Feb 20, 2009 #2

    mgb_phys

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    Does living near lots of Mercedes dealerships cause high incomes?
     
  4. Feb 20, 2009 #3

    Moonbear

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    Someone has to be eating all that fast food for them to stay open. :wink:
     
  5. Feb 20, 2009 #4
    need more data.
     
  6. Feb 20, 2009 #5

    russ_watters

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    Moonbear?!? Did you really think you could sneak back without being noticed? Good to see you!
     
  7. Feb 20, 2009 #6

    Math Is Hard

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    MOONBEAR!!!! You're here!!!!!!! OMG!!!! ((hug)) ((hug)) ((hug)) ((hug)) ((hug)) ((hug)) ((hug)) ((hug)) ((hug)) ((hug)) ((hug)) ((hug)) ((hug)) ((hug)) ((hug)) ((hug)) ((hug)) ((hug)) ((hug)) ((hug)) ((hug)) ((hug)) ((hug)) ((hug))
     
  8. Feb 20, 2009 #7

    Doc Al

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    Moonbear!!!!!!!!! :biggrin:
     
  9. Feb 20, 2009 #8

    Moonbear

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    Hi Russ and MIH. Yep, just sneaking in and then heading back out again soon. My computer doesn't work with my boyfriend's internet (yeah yeah yeah, this is a perpetual problem that someday he might have time to call the cable company to fix for me...once in a while I have to let him fix something so I don't totally emasculate him), and he has his laptop with him. So, I'm sitting in the lounge smelling the take-out some other folks are eating in here and getting hungry.
     
  10. Feb 20, 2009 #9

    ZapperZ

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    Er... I must be dreaming....

    {pinches Moonbie to make sure she's real}

    Zz.
     
  11. Feb 20, 2009 #10

    Moonbear

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    Ow! Some welcome back, getting pinched! :grumpy:

    I feel strangely naked without my mentor cape and superpowers.
     
  12. Feb 20, 2009 #11

    cristo

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    Hey MB, good to see you popping back in!

    Quick.. someone lock the door!! :devil:
     
  13. Feb 20, 2009 #12

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    Good to see ya back, moonie!
    And it's nice that you've taking up mooning again!
     
  14. Feb 20, 2009 #13
    They look at all of the demographics...population density, income, traffic, proximity to commercial/retail/industrial/highways.
     
  15. Feb 20, 2009 #14

    ~christina~

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    Welcome back MB :smile:
     
  16. Feb 20, 2009 #15

    turbo

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    There are a lot of things to consider. Normally, fast-food joints in Maine in places that are zoned for commercial development. If you drive around such areas, you don't see nice well-kept houses and grounds. You see apartment buildings (often run-down) small businesses, rent-to-own places, etc. Generally as you sample the demographics in areas such as this, you might expect to see poverty/obesity/stroke risk correlate to some extent.
     
  17. Feb 20, 2009 #16

    lisab

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    My thought, too, turbo. There are a lot of businesses that share that land-use zone...gas stations? Taverns? Laundromats? I bet the correlation holds for a lot of different businesses, not just fast food.
     
  18. Feb 20, 2009 #17

    turbo

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    Exactly!
     
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    Gokul43201

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    Ivan Seeking

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    Also in the news:

    http://www.webmd.com/stroke/news/20090219/tea-coffee-may-reduce-stroke-risk?src=RSS_PUBLIC

    I should be strokeproof.

    Welcome back Moonbear! [I knew she was coming :biggrin:]
     
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    I can go to the taqueria down the street and buy a one pound buritto loaded with sour cream, guacomole, and cheese with my choice of fatty salty meat. costs about the same as a burger and fries from mcdonalds too.
     
  25. Feb 21, 2009 #24
    'Tis better to fast from food than to feed on fast food.
     
  26. Feb 22, 2009 #25
    "esearchers studying neighborhoods in one Texas county found that people living in regions with 33 fast food restaurants or more had 13 percent greater odds of stroke than those living in neighborhoods with the fewest fast-food joints. "


    I dont know though, who doesnt live close to atleast some fast food places? Theyre everywhere. I wonder how big of a size they count the regions. Unless you live somewhere rural there are always fast food places close by.
     
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