January 5

Regarding Deborah Cohen’s Dec. 29 Outlook article “Five myths about obesity”:

The obesity epidemic certainly is an increasingly alarming health problem, but I take issue with Ms. Cohen’s statement that “even the most vigilant may not be up to the task of controlling their impulses.”

We all have the ability to control our impulses. We just have to make the choice to do so and exercise willpower. Many people are addicted to tobacco, drugs and alcohol but exhibit willpower every day over these substances. The same can be done for addictions to fat, sugar and salt. But we must take responsibility and just say no to the things that are bad for our health. The biggest obstacle is that many people do not want to change their eating habits.

We are responsible for what goes into our bodies, not anyone else, not any junk-food advertisements and not any corporation or government.

Cheryl Crow, Warrenton