Journal article

Fast food restaurant locations according to socioeconomic disadvantage, urban-regional locality, and schools within Victoria, Australia

Lukar E Thornton, Karen E Lamb, Kylie Ball



Features of the built environment provide opportunities to engage in both healthy and unhealthy behaviours. Access to a high number of fast food restaurants may encourage greater consumption of fast food products. The distribution of fast food restaurants at a state-level has not previously been reported in Australia. Using the location of 537 fast food restaurants from four major chains (McDonald׳s, KFC, Hungry Jacks, and Red Rooster), this study examined fast food restaurant locations across the state of Victoria relative to area-level disadvantage, urban-regional locality (classified as Major Cities, Inner Regional, or Outer Regional), and around schools. Findings revealed greater locatio..

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Awarded by Deakin University Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Awarded by NHMRC Principle Research Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

KEL is supported by a Deakin University Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (Grant number RM27751). KB is supported by a NHMRC Principle Research Fellowship, ID#1042442. We would like to acknowledge Jennifer McCann for her assistance with sourcing the data and Ralf -Dieter Schroers for the geocoding and creation of the access measures.