Cause and effect?

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The city of Los Angeles is putting a moratorium on fast food chains opening in one of its poorest neighborhoods. The fast food industry is trying to fight it, arguing that all fast food outlets have “healthy” options and smaller portions.

Really? MedicineNet reports that a comprehensive nutritional analysis of major fast food chains’ salads found that most were not terribly healthy. For instance, McDonald’s Crispy Bacon Ranch Salad has more fat and calories and just as much cholesterol as a Big Mac. Taco Bell’s signature taco salad with salsa has more than 50 grams of fat — more than the daily recommended allowance. (Don’t get me started about research done that shows the pesticide-laden lettuce the chains use.)

From a story in CBS News:
“Every day, nearly one-third of U.S. children aged 4 to 19 eat fast food, which likely packs on about six extra pounds per child per year and increases the risk of obesity, a study of 6,212 youngsters found.”
“The numbers, though alarming, are not surprising since billions of dollars are spent each year on fast-food advertising directed at kids, said lead author Dr. David Ludwig, director of the obesity program at Children’s Hospital Boston. The findings suggest that fast-food consumption has increased fivefold among children since 1970, Ludwig said.”

I found this photo on the blog Fast Food News. (Photo credit: post on Flikr.)

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Kathleen Flinn is the author of "The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry," "The Kitchen Counter Cooking School" and "Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good." All are published by Viking/Penguin.

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