Archive for Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Letter to the Editor: Obesity effort

September 25, 2012


To the editor:

In Topeka, Dr. William Dietz, a past director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that reducing overweight and obesity “will require a commitment similar to the civil rights movement and the anti-drunken driving efforts.” (Journal-World, Sept. 7)

This is indeed an epidemic. According to CDC, 2008 medical costs associated with obesity were estimated at $147 billion. Costs paid by third-party payers for the obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.

According to the CDC, in 2010, 29.4 percent of adults in Kansas over the age of 20 were obese; in Douglas County this was 26.5 percent. The complications are extensive: type II diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and cancer. 

In response, Gov. Brownback reflected the common belief that obesity is a problem to be dealt with through personal effort. This is only a part of the solution. Multiple issues lead to obesity, including physical and emotional predisposition, availability of dietary options and sociopolitical influences. Poverty makes for fewer choices. For many, personal controls are like those for type II diabetes or hypertension.

The food industry substitutes sugar for nutrition. The sugar-sweetened beverage industry increases the size of offerings. Twenty-five percent of the population consumes at least 200 calories of sugar-sweetened cola daily, well beyond the American Heart Association recommendation of no more than 450 calories weekly.

Schools, hospitals, LiveWell Lawrence, the Douglas County Food Policy Council and public groups have an opportunity to combat obesity and support healthy lifestyles.  All are dependent on our strong support.


Richard Heckler 5 years, 8 months ago

Soda pop also plays a role in osteoporosis. Soda pop plays a role in diabetes. Soda pop plays a role for some in being over weight. Diet in general makes a contribution.

If the city wants to play a positive role in a persons health then for the price of one field house project taxpayers could get 4-7 wellness centers throughout Lawrence plus a respectable sum of sidewalk repair in the older neighborhoods.

seriouscat 5 years, 8 months ago

Who cares what some doctor says! The ag lobby wants to make sure that kids continue to be fed unlimited amounts of their junk food, and Rep. Tim Huelscamp is here to help them:

Tim Huelskamp of Kansas, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, joined Congressman Steve King of Iowa (and also a member of the House Agriculture Committee) to introduce "No Hungry Kids Act

"The legislation will prohibit the USDA's upper caloric limits"

Don't mess with my kids food!

Bring on the chicken nuggets, "pizza bites" and pink slime burgers! Oh and don't forget to wash it all down with anti-biotic, growth hormone laden, pesticide contaminated, government subsidized cow's milk! (just to make sure, we will plaster GOT MILK posters all over every single lunch room in the country).

But seriously don't mess with my kids food!

somedude20 5 years, 8 months ago

Pray for the fat to go away, god will help you.

Check out this NPR link, good story. Only you can help you just like trying to stop smoking or drinking, if you don't want it badly enough, then it ain't going to happen.

deec 5 years, 8 months ago

Eliminating the food SNAP program would save $80 billion per year. At least 1 trillion has been spent taking away civil rights under the guise of the war on terror.

I'd rather we feed hungry people.

The agricultural and grocery industry will probably not enjoy the loss of $80 billion per year in revenue.

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