“People’s bodies are wired to gain weight very quickly and that’s the problem.”
Some people are, some people aren’t. You may wish to read the article.
The government, which holds your simplistic and inaccurate view, is poised to intrude upon our rights and impose a one-size-fits-all diet on us. It, like most government programs, will fail. Obesity rates will climb further, and progressives will bemoan that only another government intervention can solve the problem.
My simplification of the obesity issue does not advocate a "government program" as solution. In fact, any government program to combat obesity is doomed to failure - just like almost any other government program.
I have some empirical evidence to backup what I am saying. I have been obese most of my life and was only able to overcome it by taking on a rigid program of diet and exercise. In fact, I found that I had to walk briskly 7-10 miles per day, every day, in conjunction with reduction of caloric intake to lose weight and indeed I lost over 100 pounds during the 2003-2004 period. Since then, I have observed that as soon as I reduce my exercise or increase my food intake, the weight very quickly comes back on again.
Additional empirical evidence. I visit my father's farm in Alabama on a regular basis. There is a very large obesity problem there. Now my father grew up there during the 1930s and 1940s and all those old family pictures show everybody as thin as rails. Now these people would be pretty much outdoors from sunup to sundown doing various farm chores and there was not always plenty to eat. Hunger was a way of life. In fact, I think few people in the U.S. today have ever experienced true hunger.
These days, on the same farm, I have observed family members driving to the end of their driveway to collect their mail. Some of them have not walked a full mile since they were children. They spend most of their time in their air-conditioned homes, sitting on the couch with their satellite TVs. Food is cheap and plentiful at the Wal-Mart superstore in town and they eat enormous amounts of it. Almost all of them are over 100 pounds overweight and three of my relatives have had gastric bypass surgery.
This is not an issue of "genetics" or "metabolism". It is simply a function of too much food and too little physical activity. I do not condemn these people as I am one of them myself. If not for my now well-established routine of walking briskly several miles each day and forcing myself to eat less, I too would still be well over 100 pounds overweight.
Imposing politics on science is as bad or worse than imposing religion on science
The solution was correctly stated. Eat less and exercise more. Too much eating and too little activity over a prolonged period causes health problems