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Letters: Obesity’s simple math

Re “Federal panel urges counseling for obese adults,” June 26

There is no denying that we have a major problem with obesity in this country. But there remains a stubborn denial that the cure lies largely with patients and not more government regulation.

In dentistry we share with our patients a very simple equation: Too many sugary foods and a lack of good oral hygiene equal cavities and gum disease. It is really that simple for 90% of our patients; taking personal responsibility for good eating habits and reasonably good oral hygiene solves most dental problems.

Obesity rates can be reduced by recognizing a similarly simple equation: Too many calories and lack of adequate exercise equal obesity. Just as with good dental health, nearly all patients who eat less and exercise more will reduce their weight problems.

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Joel Strom

Los Angeles

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