Fast Food Restaurant Density

This indicator shows the number of fast food restaurants per 1,000 population. These include limited-service establishments where people pay before eating.

Fast Food Restaurant Density

0.56
0.71
Comparison: U.S. Counties 

0.62

restaurants/1,000 population
Measurement Period: 2011

County: Palm Beach

Categories: Environment / Built Environment, Health / Exercise, Nutrition, & Weight
Technical Note: The distribution is based on data from 3,138 U.S. counties and county equivalents.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: February 2014
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Why is this important?

Fast food is often high in fat and calories and lacking in recommended nutrients. Frequent consumption of these foods and an insufficient consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables increase the risk of overweight and obesity. Individuals who are overweight or obese are at increased risk for serious health conditions, including coronary heart disease, type-2 diabetes, multiple cancers, hypertension, stroke, premature death and other chronic conditions. Fast food outlets are more common in low-income neighborhoods and studies suggest that they strongly contribute to the high incidence of obesity and obesity-related health problems in these communities.

Fast Food Restaurant Density : Time Series

2007: 0.62 2009: 0.62 2011: 0.62

restaurants/1,000 population

Fast Food Restaurant Density

Comparison: Prior Value 

0.62

restaurants/1,000 population
Measurement Period: 2011

County: Palm Beach

Categories: Environment / Built Environment, Health / Exercise, Nutrition, & Weight
Technical Note: The trend is a comparison between the most recent and previous measurement periods. Confidence intervals were not taken into account in determining the direction of the trend.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: February 2014

Why is this important?

Fast food is often high in fat and calories and lacking in recommended nutrients. Frequent consumption of these foods and an insufficient consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables increase the risk of overweight and obesity. Individuals who are overweight or obese are at increased risk for serious health conditions, including coronary heart disease, type-2 diabetes, multiple cancers, hypertension, stroke, premature death and other chronic conditions. Fast food outlets are more common in low-income neighborhoods and studies suggest that they strongly contribute to the high incidence of obesity and obesity-related health problems in these communities.

Fast Food Restaurant Density : Time Series

2007: 0.62 2009: 0.62 2011: 0.62

restaurants/1,000 population