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    Your Neighborhood Is Making You Fat

    A new study of African-American women shows that living near fast food is the most significant factor for an elevated risk of obesity.

    If you're a black woman, new research shows that just living near a McDonald’s or Burger King can up your chances of having a higher BMI and put you at risk for diabetes and cancer.

    A new study published in the American Journal of Public Health that was released on Thursday studied a group of nearly 1,400 African-Americans in Texas—about 75 percent of them women—and found that individuals who lived closer to fast-food restaurants had a higher BMI (body mass index) than their peers who lived farther from fast food.