Marion Nestle, chairman of the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at New York University, attempts to blame food producers, restaurants and even federal agencies for the so-called obesity epidemic while disparaging the universally accepted nutrition guidelines of eating a balanced variety of foods in moderation as merely “bland precepts” (“Fight On Obesity Faces Hefty Commercial Problems,” Viewpoints, June 22).

Nestles lists suggestions that there be new taxes on high-calorie snacks and fast-food favorites, mandatory restaurant menu labeling, advertising restrictions and even higher gasoline taxes (to promote walking). This would encourage “big government” to micro-manage our personal lives.

The premise that our government must help people “to eat less food” is frightening. If Americans are literally incapable of knowing what or how much to eat, then we’ve got a far a greater problem than obesity.