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American Academy of Pediatrics

Education alone insufficient to reduce obesity [Letter]

Education alone insufficient to reduce obesity As a physician and 40-year resident of Howard County, I was disappointed with the recent veto by County Executive Kittleman of County Council Bill 17-2015, legislation that would assure choice of healthful foods in vending machines on county property. This is not a bill which restricts anyone from eating anything. It does guarantee that the public will have choices to reduce the risk of obesity. Our nation, state, and county are facing an obesity epidemic, one which has caused an increase in type 2 Diabetes that leads to chronic illness and premature death. While I agree with Mr. Kittleman that we must take a comprehensive approach to this...