Brownback joins effort to combat obesity

Good for Gov. Sam Brownback for joining efforts to combat obesity. Brownback spoke at the Kansas Summit on Obesity last week and shared some of his own challenges and strategies for controlling his weight, the Lawrence Journal-World reported. He recalled how he gained 15 pounds in one month when he went to college and soon realized he had to change his eating habits. Now, he tries to stop eating when he is still “just a little bit hungry.” Some conservatives have made fun of first lady Michelle Obama’s efforts to encourage kids to eat right and exercise, but obesity is a major problem that costs the nation billions of dollars in health care costs. In Kansas, nearly two-thirds of adults and one-quarter of adolescents are considered overweight.