African-American women and children have disproportionately high rates of obesity. This presentation sheds light on that phenomenon by discussing a frequently cited culprit of obesity—fast food. Not only are fast food restaurants plentiful in urban African-American communities, but as this talk underscores, fast food companies have aggressively marketed to African Americans since the early 1970s.
Chin Jou is a lecturer in American history at the University of Sydney. She is the author of Supersizing Urban America: How Inner Cities Got Fast Food with Government Help. She received a PhD in history from Princeton University, and has held fellowships with the National Institutes of Health and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.