Opinion: Education drove down smoking rates; it can do the same for obesity
To the editor: We don’t need statistics to know that we have an obesity problem. Just walk outside or look in the mirror. (“Nearly 4 in 10 U.S. adults are now obese, CDC says,” Oct. 12)
As an old timer (I’m 79), I remember in the 1950s that an obese person was conspicuous.
Require food suppliers to label sugar and fat content in large letters. Treat fast-food restaurants like alcohol vendors and restrict their locations away from schools. Educate children and their parents, especially in areas with populations that have higher rates of obesity.
We had a successful campaign to reduce smoking and, if committed, we can do the same against obesity.
Don Tonty, Los Angeles
To the editor: As a retired registered dietitian, I read this article with interest and a hope that there would be at least one sentence regarding the way out of our predicament. Here is one suggestion:
This dietary goal is so simple, and we can acquire all of our necessary nutrients in such a painless and easy manner. There is no need to count calories or measure foods.
The physiological mechanism to explain the success behind my suggestion has been well known for at least 50 years. My one-sentence observation has been a commonly used medical therapy for generations.
Robin Gilbert, North Hills
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