Approximately two-thirds of the population is overweight. Smoking has decreased in the past 40 years, mainly because of public awareness of the dangers associated with the use of tobacco, but awareness of the link between obesity and heart disease hasn't yet reached the consumer. The incentive for eating in excess is ingrained in this society and reinforced by advertising. It's taken a generation to realize that an excess of normal weight increases the work of the heart.
Heart disease kills more Americans than all other causes of death combined. Obesity is called a “creeping disease” because it has no symptoms. Eating in excess over the long run will weaken the heart and circulation. Quality of life and longevity are intimately related to the condition of the heart. Vitality, energy and a sense of well-being depend on how much oxygen is delivered to the body. When circulation is diverted to fat tissues, less oxygen is available to vital organs. Eventually, the body is unable to compensate adequately for the demands imposed by aging, disease or trauma.
A ban on large, high-calorie drinks is a step in the right direction.
John M. Salmeron, Oklahoma City
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