Fast food eateries facing possible ban
It is being called a city health emergency, the number of heart disease cases are on the up rise and the culprit seems to be high fat and heavy meat diets in the city.
The World Health Organization has now ranked Detroit number four on the list of cities with heart disease in the United States. Recent numbers have shown greater than 3,000 residents of Detroit die of heart disease each year.
Medical advocates from a Washington based non-profit medical group named the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has now petitioned the Detroit Mayor Dave Bing to place a ban on opening any new fast food establishments in the city.
The group is citing they want the band due to the fact Detroit has more fast food eateries as in comparison to any of the other four cities with a similar populace.
The groups Director of Nutrition, Susan Levine, stated that by placing a ban on fast food could become a vital step in the fight of this epidemic. Ms. Levine further continues the reasoning on tackling fast food in general is due to the quality of menu items which are mostly poor. She does note that the entire nation is suffering from statistics like this.
For the moment the group revealed its plans to make a commercial which aims directly at fast food to raise awareness among citizens about the dangers of these kinds of foods are upon are health. The note that WHO has already made clear how bad Detroit’s current situation is in comparison to other cities.
Mayoral spokeswoman Karen Dumas has stated that the Health Department is also educating residents. That they do respect the position of the physicians however, their thoughts are that their efforts(both Department of Health and physicians group) would be best carried out through educating consumers on how to make healthy choices.
Mayor Bing’s spokesman Dan Lijana, states that Detroit government supports all such moves that are geared at guaranteeing a healthier lifestyle for all city residents. However, he does remark that the government could not make decisions the cities economy development, he explains that fast food restaurants not only make new employment available but boosts the economy of the city.
In Detroit currently, there are 73 fast food restaurants which includes 32 McDonald’s.
In order to oppose obesity rates, a lot of cities are imposing legislation and rules regulating fast food restaurants. In 2008, Los Angeles had banned fast food restaurants. New York City has made it mandatory that fast food restaurants need to post calorie counts on their menus and displays. Ex-Mayor
Kwame Kilpatrick around five years prior had try to impose a “fat tax”on fast food. It had failed to be passed.
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