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Slowing Down Fast Food

August 1, 2008

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As obesity is on the rise, government officials realize they may have to go straight to the source and cut down on the fast food restaurants.

An Associated Press article highlights how the City Council in one Los Angeles neighborhood passed a law this week that will not allow new fast food restaurants to open. The one-year moratorium will allow city officials time to attract more sit-down restaurants with healthier options to the area, also known as slow food.

This urban area has an extreme shortage of quality foods which has led to a high rate of obesity. A report released last year by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health found 30 percent of children in South L.A. were obese, compared with 25 percent of all children in the rest of the city.

Representatives of fast food chains say they support the goal of better diets, but feel they are being unfairly targeted. They feel they are addressing this obesity concern by offering healthier items on their menus. One fast food president says, “It’s not where you eat, it’s what you eat.” What do you think? 

About the author

Joshua Rosenthal is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has worked in the nutrition field for more than 25 years, teaching at the school alongside health leaders including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Barry Sears. At Integrative Nutrition students are trained as Health Coaches, receiving the holistic nutrition education necessary for them go out into the world and help others improve their health and happiness.