Hamburgers, chicken nuggets and pizza were three foods that were specifically targeted for removal by some of the 801 adults who responded to a poll commissioned by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Sixteen percent thought pizza should never be served, with chicken nuggets closely following at 14%. Nine percent wanted hamburgers off the menu, slightly more than the 7% who'd like to see canned vegetables ousted.
The survey, conducted across the country, found significant concern about childhood obesity, with 86% classifying the issue as either a problem or a crisis. Seventy-one percent cited recess and physical education cuts as contributing factors to obesity, versus the 45% who thought cafeteria food was a significant element.
The results also show broad agreement about how to tackle obesity, with more than 85% in favor of serving fresh fruit and vegetables every day. Providing locally-grown food to students was at least a moderate priority in 95% of responses. An hour of required daily exercise for schoolchildren was also popular, with almost 90% of respondents describing it as either the top priority or a high priority.