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Letters: Obesity's simple math

June 30, 2012

Re "Federal panel urges counseling for obese adults," June 26

There is no denying that we have a major problem with obesity in this country. But there remains a stubborn denial that the cure lies largely with patients and not more government regulation.

In dentistry we share with our patients a very simple equation: Too many sugary foods and a lack of good oral hygiene equal cavities and gum disease. It is really that simple for 90% of our patients; taking personal responsibility for good eating habits and reasonably good oral hygiene solves most dental problems.

Obesity rates can be reduced by recognizing a similarly simple equation: Too many calories and lack of adequate exercise equal obesity. Just as with good dental health, nearly all patients who eat less and exercise more will reduce their weight problems.

Joel Strom

Los Angeles

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