Regarding the December 2 article on obesity being the top county health challenge.
Both The Franklin Press and The Macon News covered this story and published photos of Kathy McGaha, the Macon Public Health quality program manager. It appears that Ms. McGaha is somewhat obese and that is exactly the nature of the problem. Obesity is rampant and fully acceptable in Macon County. A visit to any of our public schools will show that a very high percentage of our teachers are obese. Our children spend their days in school around fat teachers and go home to fat parents. It’s truly no wonder that many of these children think it is perfectly alright to be obese.
This is not a mystery. Macon County residents simply eat far too much unhealthy fatty foods. This is a local cultural problem. Go to Cumming, Ga., and it is rare to see an obese person.
Just how serious can anyone be on improving the health of this county when you have Public Health managers like Kathy McGaha who is part of the problem? I do not know Ms. McGaha. She could well be a very nice person, but she is not painting the right picture of health for this county.
Larry Davis — Franklin, N.C.