Fast food ban in South Los Angeles ending; next steps debated

As the fast-food restaurant ban comes to a close, the debate on whether it worked or if it was a good idea and what to do next has heated up.

One recent study by the Rand Corp. claims the density of fast-food chain restaurants per capita is actually higher in other parts of Los Angeles than in South LA though
the number of outlets per 100 roadway miles is higher for South Los Angeles.


The ban covers a 32-square-mile area for one year, with two possible six-month extensions. The area contains about 500,000 residents, including those who live in West Adams, Baldwin Hills and Leimert Park.

Rand found that the far wealthier West Los Angeles has 29 fast-food chain establishments, 14 small food stores and 10 large supermarkets per 100,000 residents. South Los Angeles has 19 fast-food chain restaurants, 58 small food stores and three large grocery stores.

That is contrary to a July 30, 2008, story in The Los Angeles Times that claimed fast-food establishments represented 45% of all restaurants in South Los Angeles, a higher percentage than in any other section of the city. The newspaper said they included small independent restaurants with seating for 10 or fewer people while the Rand study focused primarily on fast-food chains.

Either way Rand doesn't address the idea that proximity to fast food leads to obesity, as a recent study concluded.

So what about calories being posted on the menus so you know that a Big Mac is about 500 calories?

Calorie information on menus may increase awareness of calorie content but has less of an effect on the number of calories people purchase, according to New York University researchers in a study published today by the journal Health Affairs.

But Rand cited calorie labeling as likely to have a bigger impact on overweight and obesity.

Now under discussion are zoning laws to limit small convenience store that sells caloric snacks than other sections of the city.

Views: 26

Comment

You need to be a member of University Park Family to add comments!

Join University Park Family

University Park Family is the news and social network for the neighborhoods around USC and Expo Park. Stay informed. Join now!

       • Got news you think everyone should know? Blog it.

• Have a show or attending a benefit? Put it on the calendar.
• Got video of the big game? Embed it.
• Photos of your business or the school play? Upload them.

Latest Activity

Jo- Koo of DojO- commented on Jo- Koo of DojO-'s blog post The 'new' World Stage [Concert Schedule] Oct/Nov 2019 "Fall into Autumn Jazz Concert Series +" ~ *updatez*
"RISE w/ "Humble Facilitator" /\/\ark /\/\axwell, Host (20+ yrs) "live" on KPFK 90.7FM &/or World-Wide-Web or Online Audio Archives "regular announcements regarding local community events &…"
16 hours ago
Jo- Koo of DojO- posted a blog post

CNN TV: Schedule / Wkendz - Sat., Oct. 26th NEWs / FILM(s) / History of COMEDY Series ~ *updatez*

 + Newsrm. Live / New Day Wkend - Christi Paul & Victor Blackwell / (Michael) Smerconish / (10) Newsrms / S.E. Cupp Unfiltered - Mornin' | Afta'noon | Evenin' | Overnite ~.CNN Newsroom Live (CNNI)Sat. 26th - 12am PT..CNN Newsroom Live (CNNI)Sat. 26th - 1 & 2am PTThe latest news from around the world...…See More
22 hours ago
Jo- Koo of DojO- commented on Jo- Koo of DojO-'s photo
Friday
Dawn Clark-Johnson posted an event

"They Still Walk Among Us" by Barbara H. Clark at Institute of Musical Arts

October 26, 2019 from 2pm to 4pm
On Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 2:00 p.m., the Institute of Musical Arts welcomes back our very own Storyteller Barbara H. Clark in her solo concert, “They Still Walk Among Us”.This spooky show was first presented to a sold out crowd at the Ray G. Clark Theater in 2013, and are some of Barbara’s best stories. We are delighted to have its revival launch our 10th storytelling season.There are many things in life that defy rational explanation, things we don’t understand. But the fact that we…See More
Thursday
Jo- Koo of DojO- commented on Jo- Koo of DojO-'s blog post CNN TV: Schedule - TONIGHT Tu., Oct. 15th - Democratic Presidential Debate / Pre-Sho- / Post Analysis / Replay ~ *updatez*
"Chris Cillizza's winners and losers from the fourth Democratic debate -   CNN Editor@lg. ie * Andrew Yang: If I told you even three months ago that there would be a time in mid-October in which there was an extended conversation…"
Oct 15
Jo- Koo of DojO- posted an event
Thumbnail

Aaron Neville "ticket-give-away" @ The World STAGE "Fall into Autumn Jazz Concert Series +" ~ *updatez* at The 'new' World Stage

October 18, 2019 at 9pm to October 26, 2019 at 11:30pm
Oct 15
Jo- Koo of DojO- commented on Jo- Koo of DojO-'s blog post CNN TV: Schedule - TONIGHT Tu., Oct. 15th - Democratic Presidential Debate / Pre-Sho- / Post Analysis / Replay ~ *updatez*
"How to watch the Democratic debate tonight - Kate Sullivan, CNN = 5pm PT"
Oct 15

Members

© 2019   Created by University Park Family.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service