by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
Whether you are young or old, the findings of The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine may have you thinking twice before you eat a hot dog. The group recently showcased a new billboard on Monday close to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway that features a cigarette box filled with hot dogs. The pack has a skull and crossbones on it, and the billboard reads “Warning: Hot dogs can wreck your health.” The purpose of the billboard is to make the public aware of the connection between colorectal cancer and hot dogs.
Susan Levin, the nutrition education director of The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, says the billboard is a “warning label that helps racing fans and other consumers understand the health risk.” Other health professionals such as Kimberly Hunt disagree. Hunt states that hot dogs are no more of a carcinogen or threat to health “than any other processed foods that we eat…There’s a lot of things that are going to cause cancer. Are hot dogs on the top of my list? No.” In fact, the American Cancer Society says the following is a good approach to have to foods such as hot dogs. “It is not necessary to eliminate consumption of red or processed meat; rather the message is that these foods should not be the mainstay of your diet.” By the latter standards, the message of The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine may have taken their health warning to the extreme.
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