Fast-food risks rise for poor, minorities

Published: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 - 7:10 am

Re "Health watch" (The Buzz, Nov. 26): While the article about California kids getting early introductions to fast-food meals addresses the dangers of early exposure to fast food, it neglects to say that this problem disproportionately affects minorities and people of low-socioeconomic status. The article also fails to mention the underlying cause of these problems: health disparities within our society. Simple messages, as stated in the article, may work on a small scale, but curtailing the fast-food business from marketing and having access to children in at-risk areas will likely have a greater impact.

-- Ryan Riemer, Vallejo

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