May 1, 2009 Staff Report
Councilman Eric Gioia announced last week a proposal to ban fast food restaurants within 0.1 miles, or about 500 feet, of schools. The move is yet another indication of his disire to be New York City public advocate.
A study released by the University of California and Columbia University, “The Effect of Fast Food Restaurants On Obesity,” found a clear link between obesity in students and the distance of fast food from schools.
Councilman Gioia’s investigation found neighborhoods with the highest obesity rates in New York City have 28 fast food restaurants within 500 feet of their schools.