Monday, August 31, 2015

Are you concerned that nearly half the U.S. population may be obese in less than 20 years?

READER POLL

Are you concerned that nearly half the U.S. population may be obese in less than 20 years?

Yes, millions risk disease, while nation’s medical costs will skyrocket
 
  423 (59.4%)
No, see hope in public-health initiatives like super-size soda bans
 
  182 (25.6%)
Yes, but focus has to shift from fat people to food industry reform
 
  297 (41.7%)
No, it’s a big country; they’ll all fit
 
  335 (47.1%)
Total votes = 712
Elsewhere on the site:
 
Governments should help trim the fat


Letters to the Editor
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