So LA has decided to try to ban new fast food outlets in LA---but only in a poor area of LA. We know that fast food is cheap and unhealthy and contributes to obesity, but where should the government step in?
Is this a timely public health intervention? Or paternalistic political posturing?
I think it is a little bit of both.
If one is trying to increase the health of the poorer sections of our culture, create safe places to walk, adequate jobs so people can afford healthy food, education in communities and schools, enhance physical education, and improve WIC to offer even more fresh fruits, veggies, and lean protein.