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Fast food is culturally ingrained in American society as readily accessible sustenance, and advertisements are an essential part of its prevalence. Positive perception regarding advertisements of fast food consumption have a negative impact on health. Also, the readily available nature of fast food sources that are available within walking distance as opposed to healthy alternatives contributes to negative eating habits. Food swamps are areas considered to have increased opportunities for low income families to eat fast food, devoid of healthy choices. Prior local government policies aimed towards banning fast foods in low income areas were unsuccessful, and resulted in more consumption of snack foods from small convenience stores. Lack of access to foods for families in communities are developed from the poor infrastructure of the city, limiting the locations of healthy food choices. We propose for local government reforms to support healthy eating by subsidizing healthy food options at walking distance with fast food regulation. Mobilization of participation in pursuing reform of local government policies for increasing healthy food options within food swamps positively influences people’s eating habits.

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John Chou (United States of America) 13882
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Katia Cardenas (United States of America) 13965
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