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Convenience Stores Perhaps a Little Too Convenient for Teens

Another excuse for teenagers to pig-out on high calorie junk food: Study

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    Convenience stores may be just that, an easy, fast place to shop.  But now, a new study indicates that kids with easy access to convenience stores may be paying for it with a weight gain.

    It may not surprise you to hear that teenagers like to buy fattening junk food in convenience stores.  But, according to a new study in the journal Pediatrics, researchers at Temple University surveyed more than 800 kids outside urban convenience stores both before and after school.  And they found, perhaps not surprisingly, that most of them buy lots of high calorie, low nutrition foods like chips and candy. 

    The researchers suggest that in future efforts to fight teenage obesity,  more attention should be paid to how close convenience stores are to schools.

    And, the Los Angeles Times reports that, citing such studies, activists in South Los Angeles want to limit the development of convenience stores there.