Should Hospital Cafeteria Food Be Healthier?


POLL: How healthy should hospital food be? Should junk food not be offered at all, removing any temptation, or should people make better choices?

A recent press release from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) discussed the organization's efforts to urge public hospitals to end contracts with the popular food chains McDonald's and Chick-fil-A. These contracts compel the hospitals to promote unhealthful foods, such as fried chicken, to all who enter, because the amount of food purchased is tied to the rent the hospital makes (more food sold means the hospital makes more money), explains the PCRM. This promotion of unhealthful food essentially harms the health of those who consume it, says the PCRM.

Whether hospitals serve fast food from the above-named restaurants or always have daily options of burgers, fries, and pizza, how do you feel about the food?

Should hospital cafeterias serve only healthful foods?

Yes, every effort should be made to promote healthful habits.
No, people should have options, even unhealthy ones.
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