(July 16) A Los Angeles city councilwoman has called for a moratorium on new fast-food restaurants in South-Central Los Angeles to help combat the rising rates of childhood obesity and a dearth of healthful choices.

The Washington Post reported that Councilwoman Jan Perry said only 16% of restaurants in upscale West Los Angeles serve fast food compared with 45% in South Los Angeles, which is made up largely of African American and Latino residents.

The measure is supported by nutritionists and community activists who say the zoning restriction is a fitting response to "food apartheid," the newspaper reported.