IN RECOMMENDING a litany of new food regulations, James Tillotson assumes that our expanding national waistline is the fault of leading snack food companies (“No wonder we’re getting so fat,” op ed, Sept. 17). To the contrary, Harvard scientists recently studied the snack food intake of more than 14,000 children and concluded: “Our data did not offer support for the hypothesis that snacking promotes weight gain.”

The study, which was published in the International Journal of Obesity, goes on to say there was no significant link between snack food and weight gain, even when soft drinks were included.