Obesity not disease; it's a lack of control

In the United States, 37 percent of the population is obese, but 61 percent of health care dollars each year are spent on obesity-related illnesses or problems (Fair Food Network, March 26, 2013).

Obesity is not a disease; it is an out-of-control consumption of food with a complete lack of exercise or activity of any kind. According to Healthy America, the cost of adult obesity is estimated between $147-$210 billion. If Obamacare is

not bad enough, just think about obesity -- with the percentage of kids continuing down the obesity pathway, every healthy person will be stuck paying for a lifetime of care for this exploding problem.

We all have a few pounds to lose, but this is more than a few pounds -- it's joint pain, shortness of breath, sleep apnea, increased risk for colorectal cancer, foot problems and lost productivity in the workplace -- all as a result of excessive consumption.

You know this is a big problem when Disneyland's "It's A Small World" ride has to be reinforced to accommodate patrons heavier than 250 pounds. A healthy lifestyle must start younger.

Susan Beck

Oakland