The article “French Fries as Contraband” by Kathy McManus brings to light how drastic the government will take to prevent obesity from rising from in South LA. In South Central, Los Angeles fast food restaurants have been banned from opening within a 32-square mile area. The reason why they banned fast food is because 30% of adults in South LA are suffering from obesity. As a result, they do not have that many food choices, meaning they have a limited choice when it comes to getting their food, in other words the area has become a “food dessert”.
Fast food is a cheap alternative for low-income families, and closer than a grocery store that is 5 miles away. Sometimes this choice cannot be helped; people want to buy food that is cheap for them, and at the same time fills them up.
It may be true that fast food is cheaper than real quality groceries that can be bought in a grocery store.
For example, not all fast food burgers are not all made of beef as many fast food chains claim. Most use horsemeat for their burgers, but the consumer does not know if any steroids or chemicals have been injected into the horse meat that can potentially harm the consumer. With all these unwanted hormones and chemicals that are injected into the food we consume, such as McDonalds. We an increase in obesity and unhealthy eating habits.
The perfect example for this is the documentary “Supersize Me,” in the documentary you witness what McDonalds does to the body if it is consumed every day.
Your cholesterol shoots up; your immune system starts to fail, along with other negative aspects. No wonder it’s cheap, the meat is not of great qualities, and almost if not all products contain Trans fat.
Personally I have experienced those affects of eating fatty burgers, greasy fries and oily pizzas. The food choices were diverse, but at times it can lead us to choose food of poor quality and high in fat. I choose the same, and within a month a saw physical changes in me, than if I was to eat home cooked meals. In time however, with a few changes to my diet and how often I ate I began to lose the excess fat. It is important to know what is in your food before you consume it. I learned that you should definitely be careful of what you eat.
In conclusion I believe that the governments in South LA were off to the right start, however they should have had the right alternatives available to the public that promotes healthy eating. Promotion of the right advertisement for the right reasons will affect the general public, it is expected.