Location of Food Stores Near Schools Does Not Predict the Weight Status of Maine High School Students

David E. Harris, University of Southern Maine
Janet Blum, University of Southern Maine
Matthew Bampton, University of Southern Maine
L O'Brien
C. M. Beaudoin
M. Polacsek
K. A. O'Rourke


To examine the relationship between stores selling calorie-dense food near schools and student obesity risk, with the hypothesis that high availability predicts increased risk. Methods: Mail surveys determined height, weight, and calorie-dense food consumption for 552 students at 11 Maine high schools. Driving distance from all food stores within 2 km (1.24 miles) of schools (or the closest store) was computed, and the impact of food store density and proximity to schools on student body mass index was determined by logistic regression.