Two recent studies showing that menu-labeling initiatives and fast-food bans do not appear to be doing their intended jobs of improving eating habits—especially of lower-income people—are sparking discussion that more comprehensive programs are needed to curb the nation’s weight problems.One of the studies, conducted by the Rand Corp., a nonprofit think tank that focuses on public policy, found that despite a year-old moratorium on fast-food restaurants in south central Los Angeles, ...

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