Monday, April 27, 2009

City Councilman Proposes Ban on New Fast Food Restaurants Near Schools

Recently we reported the not-so-surprising results of a study undertaken by the University of California and Columbia University: fast food outlets near schools mean more obese students.

Now, the New York Times reports that Queens city councilman Eric N. Gioia is taking the study to heart: last week he proposed a ban on building new fast-food restaurants within a tenth of a mile of schools.

About 50% of elementary schoolchildren in New York are at an unhealthy weight. The city’s neighborhoods with the highest rates of obesity have 28 fast food restaurants within 500 feet of their schools.

Educators in these schools mentioned students skipping lunch because they knew they could get cheap, fast food across the street after school.

You can read the full story here.

Visit for more info on what Corporate Accountability International is doing to protect children from aggressive fast food marketing.

1 comment:

  1. Bravo for having reported this very important data. Society's thirst for transparency will never be quenched if the public is denied access to such information.

    When I read these stories, I am disgustingly disenchanted by the avarice of corporate America but equally inspired from the work that you all do. There is no way to improve the dire situation of our country's health without understanding it firsthand and then disseminating immediately afterwards. I applaud your efforts!