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Friday, March 20, 2015

People gained weight after L.A.'s ban on fast food

In 2007, the city of Los Angeles imposed a moratorium on building more fast-food restaurants in South Los Angeles in an effort to fight "obesity." That section of the City of Angels was getting fatter fastest.

Turn the clock ahead eight years and what do you find?

"A Rand Corp. report released Thursday says that from 2007 to 2012, the percentage of people who were overweight or obese increased everywhere in L.A., but the increase was significantly greater in areas covered by the fast-food ordinance, including Baldwin Hills and Leimert Park," the Los Angeles Times reported.

So, we can rule out fast food restaurants as the reason people weigh more than the bureaucrats think citizens should weigh. The Body Mass Index was devised by a mathematician not a nutritionist -- and guess what? Many "obese" people are anemic.

From USA Today on October 16, 2007:
Believing that a diet heavy on fast food is contributing to a rise in obesity and health problems, the Los Angeles City Council is about to consider a moratorium on new fast-food restaurants in South L.A.
While it wouldn't close Georgina Lopez's restaurant of choice, the plan is to hold off on any new ones while city planners try to find ways to attract restaurants with a wider variety of food offerings to neighborhoods with some of the city's largest concentrations of minority and low-income residents.
"We're in a region we consider 'resource poor' where wholesome, nutritious foods are concerned," says Gwendolyn Flynn, health and policy director for the city's Community Health Councils, an advocacy organization. "We have a saturation of fast-food restaurants in South L.A."
The proposal would halt the issuance of city zoning permits to new fast-food restaurants in the neighborhoods for at least one year and up to two years.
Councilwoman Jan Perry, who represents one of two South L.A. districts, says she has not encountered significant opposition as her proposal goes before a council committee later this month. She says other cities will be watching.
"Other municipalities may want to emulate it if it leads to the inclusion of new … restaurants or grocery stores," she says.
Critics say the efforts are misguided, particularly in inner-city neighborhoods where affordable food may be the biggest concern of some families, and where a safe place to play and exercise is more important than new restaurants.
Oh those damned critics. What do they know?

Apparently a lot more than the experts do.

From the Los Angeles Times on March 19, 2015:
A Rand Corp. report released Thursday says that from 2007 to 2012, the percentage of people who were overweight or obese increased everywhere in L.A., but the increase was significantly greater in areas covered by the fast-food ordinance, including Baldwin Hills and Leimert Park.
The study also found fast-food consumption went up in South L.A. as well as across the county during that time.
"What has changed? Well, nothing," said Roland Sturm, lead author of the study and a senior economist at Rand, who called the restriction symbolic.
Actually, a lot has changed. Scores of minority entrepreneurs were unable to build franchise restaurants and hire thousands of minority workers. This socialistic experiment retarded capitalism.

Which was the real intent.

If the solution is socialism, then the problem was invented to justify the solution.

My body, my choice. The government has no business worrying about my weight.

Fix the potholes, imprison the crooks, and keep Iran from getting nukes. That's the job.

3 comments:

  1. Surely the SCOTUS can find an emanation or a penumbra in the Constitution that takes fast food beyond the reach of petty bureaucrats as a basic right of privacy. You have to wonder about the sanity of a country that legalizes the abortive killing of human beings but controls people's diets and eating habits. As a nation, we have surely gone totally insane and yet failed to realize the obvious.

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  2. Busybodies will never believe they are not smarter than everyone else.

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  3. All the liberal focus is intended to direct attention away from the fact that the things government is supposed to do are never done well. If any government tasks were done by business the way government does them they would be bankrupt. Instead we have a morally bankrupt government.

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