Thursday, December 18, 2014

Can the city take any credit for the recent drop in obesity rates among Philadelphia school children?

READER POLL

Can the city take any credit for the recent drop in obesity rates among Philadelphia school children?

Yes, schools pulled sodas, city banned trans fats and mandated calorie signs in chain restaurants
 
  76 (29.1%)
No, national public-awareness campaigns like First Lady Michelle Obama did more to change kids' habits
 
  57 (21.8%)
Yes, city must be doing something right since obesity rates elsewhere stayed the same
 
  62 (23.8%)
No, too complicated to say what worked, and there are still plenty of obese children
 
  171 (65.5%)
Total votes = 261
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