Processed meats increase risk for cancer and other dangerous ailments
Is eating a hot dog as bad for you as smoking a cigarette? That’s pretty much what’s being implied by a new billboard erected near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway by the Cancer Project of Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. The billboard, showing hot dogs sticking out of a cigarette pack featuring a skull and crossbones, is aimed at NASCAR fans who are likely to purchase a dog or two during a day at the races. “Hot dogs can wreck your health,” it reads in big block letters.
“A hot dog a day can send you to an early grave,” said Susan Levin, PCRM’s nutrition-education director. “Processed meats like hot dogs can increase your risk for diabetes, heart disease and various types of cancer. Like cigarettes, hot dogs should come with a warning label that helps race fans and other consumers understand the health risk.”