By: J. Justin Wilson
Newspaper: Chicago Tribune

Despite the scary headlines, it is highly unlikely that more than half of Illinoisans will be clinically obese in 2030. The report was generated using statistical assumptions to promote social engineering like the reviled, undemocratic New York City soda ban (“Obesity study: Fat fate ahead; A new report paints a dire picture for the nation’s weight gain, and medical costs by 2030,” news, Sept. 19).

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that the rate of increase in obesity slowed over the past decade, and the Gallup-Healthways survey of health indicators has found that national obesity rates were fairly stable over the past four years.

Hyperbole doesn’t empower anybody to make the lifestyle changes necessary to stick with weight loss. Instead, it reinforces power-hungry politicians and social engineers who want to control every aspect of our lives. We should promote personal responsibility, not a government power grab.