洛杉矶采取措施禁止贫困社区的快餐店 Los Angeles Moves to Ban Fast-Food Chains in Poor Areas

30 July, 2008

美国加利福尼亚州洛杉矶市可能不久将禁止在最贫穷的社区之一开办新的快餐店,作为遏制肥胖症的一个手段。星期二,洛杉矶市政会成员一致表决通过一项为期一年的禁令。这项禁令还必须得到市长批准。这项禁令的范围是洛杉矶南部82平方公里的地区,当地有大约50万居民。

这项措施的支持者说,禁令将使该地区有时间来吸引提供比较健康食品的餐馆。研究人员发现,洛杉矶南部的肥胖症比例高于其他城区。快餐连锁店反对这项禁令,称他们受到不公平对待。加州餐馆协会发言人说,该组织将考虑对这项禁令提出法律挑战。

Los Angeles, (in the U.S. western state of) California may soon ban new fast food restaurants in one of its poor neighborhoods, as a way to combat obesity. Members of the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously for a year-long moratorium on Tuesday. It must still be approved by the mayor. The ban covers an 82-square-kilometer area of the city's south, home to about half-a-million residents.

Supporters of the measure say it will give the area time to attract restaurants that serve healthier food. Researchers have found obesity rates are higher in South LA than in the rest of the city. Fast-food chains oppose the ban, saying they are being unfairly targeted. A spokesman for the California Restaurant Association (Andrew Casana) said the group will consider a legal challenge to the ordinance.