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Howard County making a healthy effort [Letter]

Howard County making a healthy effort [Letter]

This is in response to the article by Amanda Yeager regarding Howard County's limits on sugary drinks and junk food at county-sponsored events ("Ban on sweets sours Fourth of July vendors," July 2). As a physician, I am very concerned about the obesity problem that adversely impacts adults and children in the United States as well as the rising incidence of Type 2 Diabetes related to increasing weight. Not only is there an impact on the cost of health services associated with diabetes but there are very serious impacts on quality of life as well as a reduction in total life expectancy. The Institute of Medicine is an organization that utilizes the expertise of nationally...