Why a Fast-food ban in L.A. failed to curb obesity

On paper, this sounds like a great idea. People in low-income areas are always easy targets right? Cheap food with little access to good quality food is of course going to be fat because of the fast food chain restaurants that are so readily available. Again, look at the study and the idea behind it and it misses the point. It is the lifestyle that we chose that potentially makes us fat and not a few fast food chain restaurants in the areas we live. The city of Los Angeles assumed that fast food was to blame for obesity rates in South LA. Besides, where do most people eat their junk food? In front of a television eating things that could be purchased at the local convenience store or gas station.

I think the intention of the lawmakers were good, but where they failed was focusing on fast food restaurant chains. What about the media? What about school lunches? What about energy drinks? What about soda pop? What about all the processed junk food found at the convenience stores? Was the city of Los Angeles going to step in and put bans on what could be seen and eaten by the people of South LA as well? These types of bans wouldn’t solve the basic issue of the sedentary lifestyle that has been adopted throughout the country and not just in South LA. If the lawmakers truly wanted to see change, then they should have considered how to go about changing the mindset of the people of South LA. This is especially true when it came to the kind of lifestyle they had chosen for themselves.

Lifestyles change requires a lot more intervention than just a ban on something. It requires a one-on-one approach that focuses on how to improve a particular individual’s lifestyle. If you have any questions on how to improve your overall health, please do not hesitate to contact my office for an appointment.

Dr. Shah, MD

Sources:
Corporation, RAND. “Fast-food ban in L.A. fails to improve diets or cut obesity, study finds.” Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl., 23 Mar. 2015. Web.
23 Mar. 2015