Weight loss programs don't have to be expensive to work

June 23, 2013

Good luck to Jessica Weiderholdt in keeping her 70 pounds off ("Teacher adopts new diet, lifestyle," June 20). However, the article looks like an advertisement for Beachbody exercise and Shakeology drinks.

The American Medical Association has agreed that obesity is a disease. I have told patients about it for 20 years. I rode my bike to work for four years before deciding that running there was better.

I'm proud of so many patients who have discovered cheaper exercise regimes and fruit and vegetables. Everyone who has weight to lose should talk to their doctor, who is a friend as well as a scientist who can tell them what works.

Theodore Houk

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