A recent story in The Bee quoted two weight-loss experts saying that once a person becomes obese, it is a permanent condition. Even if diet and exercise result in significant weight loss, the person still has “obesity in remission.” Consequently, short of gastric bypass surgery, the only sure way to cure obesity is to never let it happen in the first place.
But we contend with powerful opposing forces: Fast food restaurants lure in customers with signs and banners proclaiming, “$1 for any soda, any size!” In grocery stores, a liter of sugary soda sells for the same price as a liter of plain water. Even our government conspires against the health of the poor by including soda and other sweetened beverages in the food stamp program.
I used to think obesity was simply a result of poor self-control. But we live in a culture that actively encourages us to gain weight. So is this obesity epidemic really that surprising?
Don Gaede, M.D.
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