Poll: Americans Split On Government’s Role In Fighting Obesity

A new poll finds that Americans are not of one mind about the role the government should play in fighting the U.S. obesity epidemic.

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WASHINGTON (January 4, 2013)--Americans blame too much screen time and cheap fast food for fueling the nation's obesity epidemic, but a poll finds they're not of one mind about how the government should help.

A third of people surveyed said the government should be deeply involved in finding ways to curb obesity while a similar proportion wanted the government to play little or no role, and the rest were in the middle.

Most people supported making restaurants post calorie counts on their menus, as well as more physical activity in schools, but they drew the line at policies trying to force healthier choices.

Nearly 6 in 10 opposed taxes on unhealthy foods, and three-quarters rejected limits on foods people can buy.

The survey is from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.


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