- Can the food industry play a constructive role in the obesity epidemic? (The JAMA article's question.)
- Can the food industry be an unbiased contributor to public health policy? (Sigh.)
- Would you support taxes on fast food? (This has promise - the poll question, not necessarily the tax.)
- 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?
- 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?
- Have the food industry's marketing strategies and profit motives contributed to the nation's obesity epidemic?
- 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.)
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.: