Saturday, October 18, 2008

This Week's Poll Question

I wanted to use the topic of my last post as a basis for a poll, but I'm having difficulty coming up with a question that doesn't sound leading, e.g.:
  1. Can the food industry play a constructive role in the obesity epidemic? (The JAMA article's question.)
  2. Can the food industry be an unbiased contributor to public health policy? (Sigh.)
  3. Would you support taxes on fast food? (This has promise - the poll question, not necessarily the tax.)
  4. If you learned that a food company funded research with results favorable to that industry (e.g. Mars funding research that finds compounds in chocolate lower blood pressure), would it influence your belief in the findings?
  5. If you learned that a food industry was a significant contributor to public health policy (e.g. the National Dairy Council recommending minimum daily milk/cheese consumption as part of the USDA Dietary Guidelines For Americans/Food Guide Pyramid), would you believe the USDA policy had purely public health objectives?
  6. Have the food industry's marketing strategies and profit motives contributed to the nation's obesity epidemic?
  7. Would it be easier for you to accept a tobacco company marketing cigarettes to minors if they also "promoted programs that encourage kids to lead active lives?" (The quote was from PepsiCo's actual program. This is over-the-top, isn't it.)
This is harder than I imagined. I welcome your input.

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