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Weighty Matters: Louisiana’s Obesity Problem

* 1. When it comes to health issues confronting the state of Louisiana, how important would you say obesity is as a health issue?

* 2. How important would you say childhood obesity is as a health issue?

* 3. And do you think the problem of obesity will get better in the future, will get worse in the future, or will they stay about the same?

* 4. Some people say obesity is a private issue that people need to deal with on their own. Others say that it is a public health issue that society needs to help solve. Which comes closer to how you feel?

* 5. Please tell me whether you would support or oppose each of the following as a way to fight obesity in the US?

Making a law requiring restaurants to list nutrition information – such as calorie counts – for all the items on their menus.

* 6. Government-funded advertising campaigns that warn the public about the health risks of obesity. These ads would be similar to the ones about the dangers of smoking and drugs.

* 7. Putting a special tax on junk food – that is things like soda, chips, and candy.

* 8. For individuals on a health plan through their employer, provide incentives, such as extra vacation days, for individuals who regularly go to the gym.

* 9. Provide federal funding for individuals who want weight maintenance surgeries such as gastric bypass or lap-band surgery .

* 10. Please tell me whether you would support or oppose each of the following as a way to fight childhood obesity

Prohibiting the sale of unhealthy foods and drinks – like soda, chips and candy – in school vending machines.

* 11. Limiting television advertisements for unhealthy foods and drinks – like soda, chips and candy – that are targeted at children.

* 12. Requiring more physical education in public schools.

* 13. Providing healthier school lunches.

* 14. In your opinion, should individuals who are classified as “morbidly obese” according to the Body Mass Index, have to pay more for health insurance?

* 15. If an individual eats at Fast Food Restaurants every single day and becomes obese, who is to blame for this person becoming obese? The individual? Or the fast food restaurant?

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