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    Default Can Banning Fast Food From A Neighborhood Help Curb Obesity?

    Liz Dwyer
    March 29 2016

    The ‘Healthy New Towns’ being constructed in the United Kingdom ‘design out’ factors that contribute to poor health.

    Green spaces where children can play, safe bike paths, grocery stores stocked with fruits and vegetables, fast food–free zones around schools, and affordable housing may sound like Utopia from a number of perspectives, but government and public health officials in the United Kingdom hope to make it a reality in 10 communities—all with the aim of slashing sky-high rates of obesity and chronic illness.
    While the debate over a soda tax in the U.K. heats up, the “Healthy New Towns” initiative, a project of the National Health Service, hopes to leverage demand for affordable housing to alter behaviors, urban design, and economic forces believed to be associated with obesity. The effort has harnessed the talent and insight of health care experts, designers, and technologists to construct roughly 76,000 homes in carefully crafted neighborhoods across England.


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    Default Re: Can Banning Fast Food From A Neighborhood Help Curb Obesity?

    The article doesn't mention it but I would hope that somewhere within these villages there will be access to markets selling fresh organic food. So many communities are "food deserts" where nothing but fast food is available. Another factor to consider is how many people actually cook from scratch every day. Will a community without take-out options survive?
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    Default Re: Can Banning Fast Food From A Neighborhood Help Curb Obesity?

    Not organic, but early on it says " grocery stores stocked with fruits and vegetables, fast food–free zones". There could well be farmers markets nearby.

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