L.A. Tried A Fast Food Ban, But It Only Increased Obesity

March 19, 2015 9:02 PM

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Los Angeles instituted a ban on the opening of new fast food restaurants in poor areas of the city, but the act did not lower obesity rates, according to a new study. Roughly 700,000 people live in areas of the city in which the prohibition applies, including south and southeast Los Angeles, Baldwin Hills, and Leimert Park.

The Rand Corporation carried out a study that found that residents living in the areas affected by the ban did not see a reduction in rates of obesity. In fact, rates of obesity have increased since the start of the ban.

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