Regulating Food Retail for Obesity Prevention

How Far Can Cities Go?

A growing number of cities and counties have emerged as leaders in the fight against obesity in the United States and have enacted innovative policies to address this epidemic. Much of this local strategy focuses on how retail food establishments—namely, chain restaurants, corner stores, supermarkets, farmers markets and mobile vendors—affect public health. Recognizing the enormous influence a community's food environment has on the quality and quantity of what people eat, cities and counties have sought to encourage food retail establishments to promote healthier options through regulations and incentives.