Living Near Restaurants Makes You Fatter Sadly, walking to the fast food place doesn't help By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Jul 8, 2010 1:22 PM CDT 16 comments Comments A new study finds a correlation between high body mass index and nearby restaurants. (Flickr) (Newser) – Move away from the cupcake shop. No, literally, move away. A new study found that—for women, at least—the more restaurants within a five-minute walk from your home, the more likely you are to be heavy, the Wall Street Journal reports. That’s right: Just because you can walk to the pizza joint doesn’t mean you’re canceling out the calories you consume there.