Fast Food and Screen Time Blamed for Obesity

Fast Food and Screen Time Blamed for Obesity

Posted on May 28th, 2013 by Community Bariatric Services No Comments »

Phone interviews with 1,011 Americans blame cheap fast foods and too much screen time for the obesity epidemic. A third of the surveyed adults reject government policies that try to force healthier eating by limiting food choices while another third welcome government intervention and the last third are undecided. This poll was taken in Nov.-Dec. 2012 by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

Pollsters also report Americans blame cheap fast food and too much “screen time” for accelerating the obesity epidemic. 8 of 10 respondents say one solution is to require more physical activity in school or provide nutritional guidelines to help people make better choices; 70 percent say restaurants should universally post calorie counts on their menus.

Some concepts are unpopular — 60 percent are against imposing a soda or fat tax on unhealthy foods. In New York City, city government recently banned super-sized sodasin restaurants but it’s unpopular – with 75 percent of New Yorkers saying NO Way! Is obesity a serious health problem? 75% of Americans believe so, but most say it’s up to the individual to make a change for a healthier living.

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