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Ban on fast-food eateries in South L.A. hasn't cut obesity, study says
Ban on fast-food eateries in South L.A. hasn't cut obesity, study says

Seven years ago, Los Angeles made national headlines with a novel attempt to reduce obesity in South L.A. by banning new fast-food restaurants. But a new study found the effort has not achieved its intended goal. 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...

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