Atlanta, Ga. – January 19, 2011 – Thirty-four percent of Americans think poor parenting and poor food choices cause childhood obesity.
A Poll Position national scientific telephone survey asked, ‘Do you think childhood obesity is a disease, or is it caused by poor parenting, poor food choices, or both?’
Thirty-four percent of respondents said both poor parenting and poor food choices cause childhood obesity, 29% said poor parenting, 24% said poor food choices, 4% thought childhood obesity was a disease, 9% did not offer an opinion.
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.
Thirty-six percent of women 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.
See a breakdown of survey participants by age, race, gender, and political affiliation in crosstabs for this poll at http://media.pollposition.com.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/Poll-Position-Crosstabs-Childhood-obesity1.pdf.
Poll Position’s scientific telephone survey of 1,145 registered voters nationwide 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 at http://pollposition.com/2012/01/19/causes-of-childhood-obesity/.
The online companion poll in which you can vote provides unscientific results, meaning it’s a tally of participating Poll Position users, not a nationally representative sampling.
Poll Position is committed to transparency and upholding the highest professional standards in its polling, explaining why we provide you with the crosstabs of our scientific polls. Crosstabs provide a breakdown of survey participants by age, race, gender, and political affiliation.
Learn more about Poll Position’s polling methodology at http://pollposition.com/2011/09/26/our-polling-methodology/.
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