Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Los Angeles has recently banned the development of new fast food restaurants in poor neighborhood throughout the city. The ban was established in July to help curb obesity in the low-income communities of the nation's 2nd largest city. California as a state has already been trend-setting in its war against fast food restaurants. The state became the first to ban artery-clogging trans fats in restaurants and also banned the sale of soft drinks in middle and elementary schools. LA city councilwoman Jan Perry (pictured)who sponsored the ban said the goal of the city is not to shut down fast food restaurants but to encourage the building of healthier options and grocery stores in low income areas. The action she said is in response to the higher rate of childhood obsesity in the low income areas of LA versus the higher income neighborhoods. There are many who think this restricts a consumer's rights to choose but to me seems like a worthy attempt to improve the health of an often neglected/exploited part of society.
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LA's FAST FOOD BAN DRAWS CRITICISM