A poll released today by the Associated Press – NORC Center for Public Affairs Research at the University of Chicago assessed the public perception of obesity in the United States and examined the possible role of government in combating this complex public health issue. The poll found overwhelming public opposition to taxes, limitations and regulations:

59 percent oppose placing a tax on the sale of beverages 74 percent oppose limiting the types or amounts of foods and drinks people can buy

To our regular readers, these polling numbers come as no surprise. In the past, we have shared a Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll that found 62 percent opposition to soda taxes nationally and a similar IPSOS poll for Reuters that found 64 percent opposition to size restrictions proposed in New York City.

Furthermore, 8 out of 10 people cite “too much TV and computer time,” or lack of physical activity, as the most significant causes of high obesity rates.

These polls demonstrate the shared belief that what you eat, drink and feed your family is your choice and does not require government regulation.