Thursday 29 September 2016

Fast food conundrum

Published 07/04/2015 | 02:30

Fast food - restricted opening in poor areas of LA
Fast food - restricted opening in poor areas of LA

Los Angeles passed a law restricting the opening of new fast food restaurants in poor areas - but it has not lowered obesity rates among people who live in those neighbourhoods.

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The journal Social Science & Medicine said in addition, overweight and obesity rates in those neighbourhoods have increased faster than in other parts of the city and other parts of the county since the restrictions were first passed in 2008, according to the researchers. The findings bear out evidence that fast food sold outside the home is not the culprit when it comes to people eating too much.

People's food habits at home, as well as their exercise output, are part of the bigger picture when it comes to weight control.

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