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Link between Chesapeake Bay health, obesity is preposterous

Unless I completely misinterpret this story ("Fatter folks, sicker bay," April 20), which is easy to do any time a "lefty" talks, it is a complete load of garbage!

When the writer suggests that the health of the Chesapeake Bay is affected by the obesity of those who live near it, I have to respond that this is just another desperate attempt to lay blame on people, which usually is a precursor to another invasive law and a further erosion of freedom and liberty. He writes about a book he is reading by medical researchers and associates their findings with meanderings of his own mental deficiency and says, "It's intriguing to compare graphs these [Bay health] graphs to graphs in Messrs. Power's and Schulkin's book that track the U.S. upsurge in fatness."

"Roughly, human obesity and estuarine dead zones both began to proliferate around the 1970s. Mindful that the body is an estuary, I won't put too fine a point on this coincidence. But today's 'obesogenic' environment seems to be a useful lens for connecting human ways and the ways of bays."

Have you ever heard of such a stretch of ridiculous postulation?

Let me just offer another, more valid, theory. Since, the 1970s it all started to go downhill with regard to the cities' infrastructure because of the failures of bureaucrats. Among these failures are the sewer systems in the major metropolises around the Chesapeake Bay. The result from the billions of gallons of human waste that is allowed to "overflow" into the bay due to the failure of the system has caused the ill-health of our treasured Chesapeake, and not because of farmers or chicken growers, the ones who normally get blamed. When and if the writer finally acknowledges this fact, instead of blaming citizens, I will expect him to conclude he is still correct in his notion, basing it on the chemical makeup of human waste which is certainly caused from ingesting chemically laced junk food.

William Newton

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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