Birthplace of the Drive-Thru Combats Obesity by Banning Its Claim to Fame

Jul 6, 2010
Megan Bedard is a sucker for sustainable agriculture and a good farmers market, she likes writing about food almost as much as eating it.
New drive-thrus in Baldwin Park are a thing of the past. (Photo: biofriendly/Creative Commons)

Once upon a thinner time, the dawn of the drive-thru seemed like a brilliant idea. What ease! What convenience! 

And, in fact, the town that claims the birth of the automobile meal—Baldwin Park, California—has, for more than six decades, taken a bit of pride at that innovation.

But times—and cholesterol levels—have changed.

Baldwin Park's city council has decided that it's time to put an end to what has since become the lazy man's food of choice. As of this weekend, it's enacted a ban on any new drive-thru restaurants that want to open in Baldwin Park.

The goal? To cut back on extremely high obesity rates that are plaguing the town of 90,000 people.

According to the New Zealand Herald "almost half the town's...inhabitants are overweight and a third are classed as clinically obese."

The long queues of idling cars are also contributing to traffic congestion and unhealthy levels of pollution.

Photo: biofriendly/Creative Commons via Flickr

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