Who is responsible when people eat too much?
Susan Levin, director of nutrition education for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, did us all a favor in pointing out that eliminating large sodas is hardly sufficient to address our obesity epidemic [letters, June 8]. She includes, among the usual suspects, cheeseburgers, hot dogs and potato chips. The list, of course, is virtually endless, as would be the government force necessary to ensure that each of us avoids all of these pitfalls.
Lost in this discussion is the recognition that if each of us were held responsible for our own health, there would no need for government intrusion. If we must pay for our neighbors’ poor decisions on eating, then of course we have to monitor and control them as much as possible. And this is the road that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is directing us down.
William Vaughan Jr., Chebeague Island, Maine
Susan Levin made me wonder if soon the only foods we will be allowed to eat will be leafy greens and bean sprouts. Will the speed cameras and red-light cameras be joined by the fast food/jumbo soda cameras? Maybe a hefty fine for a hefty meal will become the norm. People won’t get fat, but local city coffers will. Aargh. Enough is enough.
Sharon Klees, Hyattsville