AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. April 2013, Volume 15, Number 4.

Ethics Poll

You Telling Me What I Can Eat?

The Ethics Poll is a snapshot of the opinions of interested readers.

Which of the following best describes how you feel about the proposed New York City ban on sales of large containers of soda?
I support it.
I do not support it. It is poorly designed and implemented, but I support the idea in general.
I do not support it. I should not be deprived of Big Gulps just because some people overindulge in them.
I do not support it. It places too much restraint on businesses.
It will not work. People will just buy two sodas or extra McNuggets.
I don't know.

Should hospital cafeterias serve only nutritious, health-promoting food?
Yes. It's their job to promote health.
No. It's not their job to prevent people from eating whatever they want to eat.
No. The cafeterias have to make money, and people will go elsewhere to get the food they like to eat if the cafeteria doesn't have it.
I don't know.

Have you ever counseled patients or been counseled by a physician about lifestyle choices during a doctor visit?
Yes.
No.

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