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Councilwoman Jan Perry says there are too many fat kids in South Los Angeles. She wants to ban new fast-food stores in 32 square miles of the city. But what's the evidence that fast food causes obesity? Does government have the right to tell citizens that it's wrong to be overweight? Even if healthier restaurants moved in, would people eat in them if they had the chance?

Producers:
Katie Cooper

Main Topic Council To Consider Fast-Food Restaurant Ban in South Central

LA City Councilwoman Jan Perry wants to ban new fast-food restaurants in 32 square miles of Los Angeles—including Watts, the Crenshaw District and Baldwin Hills. The LA Business Journal calls it “the largest Big Mac attack the nation has ever seen.”  Calistoga up in the wine country and Concord, Massachusetts have done it, but it’s never been tried before on this scale.

Guests:
Jan Perry, Los Angeles City Council (@JanPerry)
Paul Campos, Law Professor at The University of Colorado, Boulder; Writer, Scripps Howard newspapers and Author of “The Obesity Myth”
Blair Salsbury, President of the LA Chapter of California Restaurant Association
Amanda Bloom, Policy Director for the California Center for Public Health Advocacy

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