Although NYC’s 2012 ban on super-sized drinks was overturned last year, Los Angeles’s ban on fast food joints in the neighborhood known as South Los Angeles (formerly South Central), while intact, has failed to produce the desired results.
This is a good read for those interested in the problem of obesity, especially as it impacts low-income Americans, particularly African Americans and Latinos.
There are some great compositional elements to the essay, too. As evidence for a yet-to-be identified thesis, this article looks to one particular proposal of a solution that was implemented and failed, and along the way touches upon other solutions to the problem of obesity for high-risk populations that have seen subpar results. Key terms are defined for reading clarity. Ultimately–and after analyzing the evidence– the author concludes with the idea that a conversation needs to happen that involves at-risk groups themselves in order to find a way to curb obesity. This is the thesis. It’s not a typical academic essay due to its genre, purpose, and audience, but we can look to it nevertheless to see how an argument can be made and then supported by evidence and analysis.
Read the article here: Why the Fast-Food Ban Failed in South L.A. — The Atlantic.