Fighting obesity

November 9, 2009 9:44:00 AM



A poster to your Web site expressed concern for people that are "slightly obese." We have to be politically correct and not call people "fat;" also, we have to use polite words like "high sugar" or "high blood." You speak of education. Have you ever tried to educate a person addicted to cigarettes or alcohol to quit? If so, it is like talking to a brick wall. 


Years ago, I weighed over 259 pounds, with high blood pressure and shortness of breath. Why did I change my eating habits? Because I wanted to be able to breath freely and live longer. I dropped to 182 pounds. How? By stopping "cold turkey" all cokes, chips, ice cream and candy, cakes, and pies. Today, at 69 years old, I am healthy. For when I go to the grocery store, I first stop at the produce section for apples, tomatoes, lettuce and strawberries. The next items are old-fashioned oats, cream of wheat, chuck meat, cheese, and yogurt. I feel that the food killers are grease, white sugar, and salt. Cut these and you will live long enough to play with your grandchildren and your great-grandchildren. 


Clark Williams, West Point