So the Los Angeles city council has banned fast food outlets in south L.A.
No more fast food restaurants will be allowed to open for one year.
The theory is there isn’t enough quality food in the area, so the residents eat more fast food and get bigger. This is a way to get them healthier.
According to this story by the Associated Press, “Thirty percent of adults in South Los Angeles area are obese, compared to 19.1 percent for the metropolitan area and 14.1 percent for the affluent Westside, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
“A report by the Community Health Councils found 73 percent of South Los Angeles restaurants were fast food, compared to 42 percent in West Los Angeles.”
One of the problem is the cost. A meal at a fast food restaurant (a burger and fries) could about $4. But at a sitdown restaurant, that same meal could cost about $10. Multiply that by a family, and it’s easy to see why poorer families eat at fast food restaurants.
The other problem is that if more sit-down restaurants wanted to be in south L.A. and thought they could make money from it, they’d be there.
I understand why city council did it. But I don’t think it’s the right approach to the problem. The fast food restaurants that are there will still be there, which means those people who eat there will continue to eat there.
City council needs to help change a culture. This new ban won’t do it.