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Editor's Note
March 2014

Why the Cost of Fast Food Matters

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Copyright 2014 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.

JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(3):442. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.13875

Readers may justifiably wonder why the Editors chose this article for publication in a clinical journal. After all, as clinicians we are hardly in a position to influence the price of fast food.

However, obesity is a serious problem among our patients, and we have few good clinical interventions. We want our patients to make good food choices. None of us want to nag or to live in a “nanny” state where food choices are legislated. Rather, as we say in public health (and at home), we want the healthful choice to be the easy choice.

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