Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Limits proposed on fast-food restaurants

"Amid worries of an obesity epidemic and its related illnesses, including high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease, Los Angeles officials, among others around the country, are proposing to limit new fast-food restaurants -- a tactic that could be called health zoning." Zoning restrictions on fast-food outlets in towns such as Concord, Mass. and Calistoga, Calif. are typically based on traffic or aesthetic concerns, rather than a determination to second-guess what residents choose to eat. The proposed L.A. restrictions would not be city-wide but would instead be specifically targeted to the city's poorest sections in and around South Central. Mark Vallianatos, director of something called the Center for Food and Justice at Occidental College (more about it), says "bringing health policy and environmental policy together with land-use planning" is "the wave of the future." (Tami Abdollah, L.A. Times, Sept. 10)(via FEE).

uh... It is not the fast food alone that is causing the poor to be obese... Ever see what they give out for WIC and food stamps?

Can anyone say "Mommy State"?

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