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Are Poor Parenting and Food Choices Behind Spike in Childhood Obesity?

 

A plurality of Americans think both poor parenting and poor food choices cause childhood obesity, says a new poll.  29% said poor parenting, 24% said poor food choices, 4% thought childhood obesity was a disease, and 9% did not offer an opinion. Gap toothed boy with bowl of healthy food

Men and women differed in their views on the causes of childhood obesity.

Among men

  • 35% said poor parenting causes childhood obesity
  • 31% selected both poor parenting and poor food choices
  • 22% said it was poor food choices
  • 4% said it as a disease; and
  • 8% offered no opinion.

Among women:

  • 36% percent thought both poor parenting and poor food choices cause childhood obesity
  • 27% said it is caused by poor food choices
  • 24% said poor parenting
  • 3% said it is a disease; and
  • 10% did not offer an opinion.

The nationwide telephone survey of 1,145 registered voters was conducted January 17, 2012 and has a margin of error of ±3%. Poll results are weighted to be a representative sampling of all American adults.

What do you think? Do you think that childhood obesity in America is a disease or is it caused by poor parenting, poor food choices, or both? Vote in the online companion poll and comment.

For a breakdown of survey participants by age, race, gender, and political affiliation in crosstabs for this poll, click here. 


Source: Poll Position

Posted January 19, 2012

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