Letters to the Editor

Clearer labeling can help fight American obesity

Items on the breakfast menu, including the calories, are posted at a McDonald’s restaurant in New York.
Items on the breakfast menu, including the calories, are posted at a McDonald’s restaurant in New York. Associated Press

I am writing to address the concern of obesity.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 12.7 million children between the ages of 2 and 17 who are obese.

If obesity rates stay the same, then 51 percent of the population could be obese by 2030.

To reduce these numbers, I believe we need to make a guideline that food and drink companies need to show the whole serving amount for the drink or food item. Nobody is going to have 8 fluid ounces of Gatorade, they are going to have the whole bottle.

We have to make the consumers see the whole picture instead of food and drink companies tricking the consumers. At the end of the day, the U.S. doesn’t want to be known as the fat country.

An easy way of saving yourself calories is to drink water instead of soft drinks or sport drinks. People also need exercise outside for at least 60 minutes a day. To make exercising fun, find something you enjoy doing whether it is biking, running, playing basketball, etc. Together we can stop obesity.

Evan Holly, San Luis Obispo

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