While data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be correct in suggesting Americans overall have gained weight, it’s wrong to blame restaurants.

Express-News staff writer Marina Pisano (“Obesity issue even bigger,” Jan. 17) claims movie popcorn, large servings at steakhouses and fast food are responsible for “obesity’s spreading roots,” but all these foods are delivered in response to customer requests, not at gunpoint.

Restaurant operators do not force guests to order a bacon double cheeseburger and chocolate shake.

The same legal strategies used in class-action suits on tobacco products and gun manufacturers are now being talked about as a way of addressing obesity. But as a society, we’re courting disaster if we continue to choose litigation over personal responsibility.