L.A. Law Curbing Fast Food Didn't Cut Obesity Rates: Study

March 19, 2015 1:00 PM

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THURSDAY, March 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A Los Angeles law that restricts the opening of new fast food restaurants in poor areas has not lowered obesity rates among people who live in those neighborhoods, a new study finds.

"The South Los Angeles fast food ban may have symbolic value, but it has had no measurable impact in improving diets or reducing obesity," study author Roland Sturm, a senior economist at RAND Corp., said in a news release from the nonprofit research organization.

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