There are calls to limit access to fast food outlets and dairies around schools to help combat the obesity epidemic.
A new study reveals 60 percent of urban schools have a convenience store and a fast food or takeaway outlet within 800 metres.
The University of Auckland did a study to measure how close, and how many fast food, takeaway and convenience outlets were around New Zealand schools in 2014.
One school in Auckland’s CBD was found to have 85 unhealthy food outlets within one kilometre.
It’s not just Auckland, but schools in all urban areas.
The problem is not so bad in rural schools, as the study showed the median distance to the closest unhealthy food outlet was around 10 kilometres.
Lead reasearcher, Dr Stefanie Vandevijvere, says there should be ways to reduce children’s exposure to unhealthy foods before and after school.
She would like to changes to the Resource Management Act (1991) and the Local Government Act, so councils could restrict new food outlets in school neighbourhoods.
Do you have many fast food or takeaway outlets close to your school?